Liposomal siRNA for Ovarian Cancer

  • Lingegowda S. Mangala
  • Hee Dong Han
  • Gabriel Lopez-Berestein
  • Anil K. Sood
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 555)


Discovery of RNA interference (RNAi) has been one of the most important findings in the last ten years. In recent years, small interfering RNA (siRNA)-mediated gene silencing is beginning to show substantial promise as a new treatment modality in preclinical studies because of its robust gene selective silencing. However, until recently, delivery of siRNA in vivo was a major impediment to its use as a therapeutic modality. We have used a neutral liposome, 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DOPC), for highly efficient in vivo siRNA delivery. Using siRNA tagged with Alexa-555, incorporated in DOPC liposomes, we have demonstrated efficient intra-tumoral delivery following either intraperitoneal or intravenous injection. Furthermore, EphA2-targeted siRNA in DOPC liposomes showed significant target modulation and anti-tumor efficacy.

Key words

RNA interference siRNA delivery neutral liposome DOPC ovarian carcinoma EphA2 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lingegowda S. Mangala
    • 1
  • Hee Dong Han
    • 1
  • Gabriel Lopez-Berestein
    • 2
  • Anil K. Sood
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Gynecologic OncologyThe University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Experimental TherapeuticsThe University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Gynecologic Oncology and Cancer BiologyThe University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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