Development of paclitaxel-loaded liposomal systems with anti-her2 antibody for targeted therapy

  • Gülay Büyükköroğlu
  • Behiye Şenel
  • Ebru Başaran
  • Seval Gezgin
Keywords: Cancer, Anti-her2 antibody, Liposome, Paclitaxel, Targeted therapy, Cell culture


Purpose: To develop liposome formulations containing monoclonal antibody anti-HER2 (MabHer2), and Paclitaxel (PTX).

Methods: Seven different liposomal systems containing PTX, or MabHer2 or a combination of PTX and MabHer2 were made using lipid film hydration technique and sonication. The effects of liposome preparation conditions and extraction methods on antibody structure were investigated by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. The characteristics of the liposomes were determined by a zetasizer, while drug-loading efficiency was evaluated by high-performance liquid chromatography. The cytotoxic effect of the liposome formulations was evaluated on MDA-MB-453 (HER2+) and MCF-7 (HER2-) breast cancer cell lines by MTT assay.

Results: The antibody was not significantly affected by the stress conditions and the method of extraction. The particle size of liposomes was < 200 nm while the amount of incorporated PTX was 97.6% for liposome without cationic agent and 98.2 % for those with cationic agent. Recovery of MabHer2 was 94.38 % after extraction. Combined PTX/MabHer2 liposome was more toxic on HER2 overexpressing positive MDA-MB-453 cell line than PTX-loaded liposomes and MabHer2. MabHer2 and combined PTX/MabHer2 liposomes showed no toxic effects on HER2 overexpressing negative MCF-7 cells relative to cationic PTX-loaded liposomes.

Conclusions: This results obtained show that PTX can be encapsulated successfully into liposomal systems and that owing to Her2 specific antibody, these systems can be delivered directly to the target cell.

Keywords: Cancer, Anti-her2 antibody, Liposome, Paclitaxel, Targeted therapy, Cell culture


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eISSN: 1596-9827
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