Stabilization of gene delivery systems by freeze-drying

Talsma, H., Cherng, J.-Y., Lehrmann, H., Kursa, M., Ogris, M., Hennink, W. E., Cotten, M. and Wagner, E. (1997) Stabilization of gene delivery systems by freeze-drying. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 157(2), pp. 233-238. (doi:10.1016/s0378-5173(97)00244-5) (PMID:10477820)

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Freeze-drying of three different forms of gene delivery systems was performed using a controlled two-step drying process and 10% sucrose as lyoprotectant. Complexes of pCMVL plasmid with transferrin-conjugated polyethylenimine, adenovirus-enhanced transferrinfection consisting of pCMVL/transferrin-polylysine complexes linked to inactivated adenovirus particles, and a recombinant, E1-defective adenovirus expressing a luciferase reporter gene were tested. Three weeks after freeze-drying the reagents were rehydrated with water and tested for transfection activity. Luciferase gene expression levels were retained at high levels in all three systems, in contrast to reagents stored in solution. The use of the lyoprotectant was essential. In the absence of sucrose the transfection activities dropped by a factor of 100–1000. The data suggest freeze-drying as a useful method for stabilization and storage of standardized batches of transfection agents.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cotten, Professor Matthew
Authors: Talsma, H., Cherng, J.-Y., Lehrmann, H., Kursa, M., Ogris, M., Hennink, W. E., Cotten, M., and Wagner, E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:International Journal of Pharmaceutics
ISSN (Online):1873-3476

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