Delivery of siRNA to the Eye: Protocol for a Feasibility Study to Assess Novel Delivery System for Topical Delivery of siRNA Therapeutics to the Ocular Surface

Paulina Baran-Rachwalska, Suzanne Saffie-Siebert, C B Tara Moore

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Abstract

Drug delivery to the eye remains a real challenge due to the presence of ocular anatomical barriers and physiological protective mechanisms. The lack of effective siRNA delivery mechanism has hampered the real potential of RNAi therapy, but recent literature suggests that nanocarrier systems show great promise in enhancing siRNA bioavailability and reducing the need for repeated intraocular injections. A diverse range of materials are under exploration worldwide, including natural and synthetic polymers, liposomes, peptides, and dendrimeric nanomaterials. This chapter describes a simple workflow for feasibility assessment of a proposed ocular surface siRNA delivery system. Gel retardation assay is used for investigation of optimal siRNA to carrier loading ratio. Fluorescent siRNA allows for initial in vitro testing of cellular uptake to corneal epithelial cells and investigation of in vivo siRNA delivery into mouse cornea by live animal imaging and fluorescence microscopy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-453
Number of pages11
JournalMethods in Molecular Biology
Volume2282
Early online date30 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Cornea
  • Corneal epithelial cells
  • Drug delivery
  • Eye
  • Fluorescence
  • Gel retardation
  • IVIS
  • Ocular delivery
  • Topical
  • siRNA

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