Nanocarriers Conjugated with Cell Penetrating Peptides: New Trojan Horses by Modern Ulysses

Author(s): Silvia Zappavigna, Gabriella Misso, Annarita Falanga, Emiliana Perillo, Ettore Novellino, Massimiliano Galdiero, Paolo Grieco, Michele Caraglia, Stefania Galdiero

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Volume 17 , Issue 8 , 2016

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Nanomedicine has opened the way to the design of more efficient diagnostics and therapeutics. Moreover, recent literature has illustrated the use of short cationic and/or amphipathic peptides, known as cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs), for mediating advanced drug delivery. CPPs exploit their ability to enter cells and enhance the uptake of many cargoes ranging from small molecules to proteins. The distinctive properties of nanocarriers (NC) based systems provide unforeseen benefits over pure drugs for biomedical applications and constitute a challenging research field particularly focused on imaging and delivery; nonetheless, several problems have to be overcome to make them a viable option in clinic. The use of CPPs improves significantly their delivery to specific intracellular targets and thus readily contributes to their use both for effective tumor therapy and gene therapy. A key issue is related to their mechanism of uptake, because although classical CPPs enhance NCs’ uptake, the entry mechanism involves the endocytic pathway, which means that the delivered material is sequestered within vesicles and only a small amount will escape from this environment and reach the desired target. In this review, we will summarize recent advances in the use of CPP for enhanced delivery of nanocarriers, nucleic acids, and drugs, we will discuss their uptake mechanisms and we will describe novel approaches to improve endosomal escape of internalized nanosystems.

Keywords: Active targeting, cell-penetrating peptides, drug delivery, endosomal escape, gene therapy, nanocarriers, passive targeting, theranostic.

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Year: 2016
Published on: 17 May, 2016
Page: [700 - 722]
Pages: 23
DOI: 10.2174/1389201017666160415155145
Price: $65

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