One limitation of current biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles is their inability to effectively encapsulate and sustainably release proteins while maintaining protein bioactivity. Here we report the engineering of PLGA-polycation nanoparticles with a core-shell structure that act as a robust vector for the encapsulation and delivery of proteins and peptides. The optimized nanoparticles can load high amounts of proteins (>20% of nanoparticles by weight) in aqueous solution without organic solvents through electrostatic interactions by simple mixing, thereby forming nanospheres in seconds with diameters <200 nm. The relationship between nanosphere size, surface charge, PLGA-polycation composition, and protein loading is also investigated. The stable nanosphere complexes contain multiple PLGA-polycation nanoparticles, surrounded by large amounts of protein. This study highlights a novel strategy for the delivery of proteins and other relevant molecules.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- protein delivery
- structure-function relationships