Enzymatic degradation of bovine serum albumin nanoparticles for drug delivery

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    Singh, Harsh
  • Coacervation is a mild process for developing protein NPs. Bovine serum albumin (BSA) NPs formed via this technique were stabilized using poly-L-Lysine (PLL); short interfering ribonucleic acid (siRNA) was used as a model drug for encapsulation. Specific and non-specific degradation of these coated and uncoated BSA NPs were carried using matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and trypsin, respectively. The particles were characterized with atomic force microscopy, zeta-potential, and photon correlation spectroscopy measurements. There was a significant increase in the zeta potential of BSA NPs upon coating. Trypsin digested the uncoated and coated BSA NPs and resulted in higher BSA release from the particles. However, MMP-2 treatment did not result in higher release of BSA from coated NPs despite the cleavability of coated polymer by MMP-2. This study described a method for obtaining BSA NPs in a controllable size range. Such particles showed degradability in the presence of trypsin and could be promising for targeted drug delivery applications.

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    Master of Science
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