Functionalized nanoparticles provide early cardioprotection after acute myocardial infarction

Ming Yao Chang, Yu Jen Yang, Chih Han Chang, Alan C.L. Tang, Wei Yin Liao, Fong Yu Cheng, Chen Sheng Yeh, James J. Lai, Patrick S. Stayton, Patrick C.H. Hsieh

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Recent developments in nanotechnology have created considerable potential toward diagnosis and cancer therapy. In contrast, the use of nanotechnology in tissue repair or regeneration remains largely unexplored. We hypothesized that intramyocardial injection of insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1-complexed poly(D, L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles (PLGA-IGF-1 NPs) increases IGF-1 retention, induces Akt phos-phorylation, and provides early cardioprotection after acute myocardial infarction (MI). We synthesized 3 different sizes of PLGA particles (60 nm, 200 nm, and 1 μm) which were complexed with IGF-1 using electrostatic force to preserve the biological function of IGF-1. Afterward, we injected PLGA-IGF-1 NPs in the heart after MI directly. Compared with the other two larger particles, the 60 nm-sized PLGA-IGF-1 NPs carried more IGF-1 and induced more Akt phosphorylation in cultured cardiomyocytes. PLGA-IGF-1 NPs also prolonged Akt activation in cardiomyocytes up to 24 h and prevented cardiomyocyte apoptosis induced by doxorubicin in a dose-dependent manner. In vivo, PLGA-IGF-1 NP treatment significantly retained more IGF-1 in the myocardium than the IGF-1 alone treatment at 2, 6, 8, and 24 h. Akt phosphorylation was detected in cardiomyocytes 24 h post-MI only in hearts receiving PLGA-IGF-1 NP treatment, but not in hearts receiving injection of PBS, IGF-1 or PLGA NPs. Importantly, a single intramyocardial injection of PLGA-IGF-1 NPs was sufficient to prevent cardiomyocyte apoptosis (P b 0.001), reduce infarct size (P b 0.05), and improve left ventricle ejection fraction (P b 0.01) 21 days after experimental MI in mice. Our results not only demonstrate the potential of nanoparticle-based technology as a new approach to treating MI, but also have significant implications for translation of this technology into clinical therapy for ischemic cardiovascular diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-294
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Controlled Release
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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