Combinatorial Nanoparticle Delivery of siRNA and Antineoplastics for Lung Cancer Treatment

  • Rebaz Ahmed
  • Narsireddy Amreddy
  • Anish Babu
  • Anupama Munshi
  • Rajagopal RameshEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1974)


Recent developments in nanotechnology, especially in drug delivery systems, are advanced by featuring novel multifunctional nanoparticles that promise safe, specific, and efficient therapeutic delivery for cancer treatment. Multifunctional nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems enable simultaneous delivery of multiple therapeutic agents for effective combination therapy for cancer. In this chapter, we provide detailed protocols for development and application of a multifunctional nanoparticle system for combinatorial delivery of a chemotherapeutic (cisplatin) and small interfering RNA (siRNA) for human antigen R (HuR) mRNA in cancer cells using a polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer platform. Protocols for nanoparticle functionalization with folic acid (FA) for targeted delivery of therapeutics toward folate receptor (FR)-overexpressing cancer cells are also described. Further, methods employed for physiochemical and functional characterization of the multifunctional nanoparticle system are discussed in detail. Using the methods described in this chapter, researchers would be able to develop PAMAM dendrimer-based multifunctional nanoparticles for targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics and siRNA combinations. We also provide an example showing the dendrimer-polyethyleneimine-cis-diamminedichloroplatinum-siRNA-folic acid (Den-PEI-CDDP-siRNA-FA) nanoparticle system developed was therapeutically effective toward non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines (H1299 and A549) while exhibiting reduced toxicity to normal lung fibroblast (MRC9) cells.


PAMAM dendrimers CDDP HuR siRNA Lung cancer Folic acid 



The work was supported in part by a grant received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), R01 CA167516 (RR), an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (P20 GM103639) of the National Institutes of Health (RR & AM), VA MERIT grant 101B × 003420 (RR) and by funds received from the Stephenson Cancer Center Seed Grant (RR), Presbyterian Health Foundation Seed Grant (RR), Presbyterian Health Foundation Bridge Grant (RR), and Jim and Christy Everest Endowed Chair in Cancer Developmental Therapeutics (RR) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Rajagopal Ramesh is an Oklahoma TSET Research Scholar and holds the Jim and Christy Everest Endowed Chair in Cancer Developmental Therapeutics. The authors thank Ms. Kathy Kyler at the office of Vice President for Research, OUHSC, for editorial assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebaz Ahmed
    • 1
    • 2
  • Narsireddy Amreddy
    • 1
    • 3
  • Anish Babu
    • 1
    • 3
  • Anupama Munshi
    • 3
    • 4
  • Rajagopal Ramesh
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PathologyThe University of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA
  2. 2.Graduate Program in Biomedical SciencesThe University of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA
  3. 3.Stephenson Cancer CenterThe University of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA
  4. 4.Department of Radiation OncologyThe University of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA
  5. 5.Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research CenterThe University of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA

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