Journal article

Acoustically-mediated intracellular delivery

Shwathy Ramesan, Amgad R Rezk, Chaitali Dekiwadia, Christina Cortez-Jugo, Leslie Y Yeo

Nanoscale | Royal Society of Chemistry | Published : 2018

Abstract

Recent breakthroughs in gene editing have necessitated practical ex vivo methods to rapidly and efficiently re-engineer patient-harvested cells. Many physical membrane-disruption or pore-forming techniques for intracellular delivery, however, result in poor cell viability, while most carrier-mediated techniques suffer from suboptimal endosomal escape and hence cytoplasmic or nuclear targeting. In this work, we show that short exposure of cells to high frequency (>10 MHz) acoustic excitation facilitates temporal reorganisation of the lipid structure in the cell membrane that enhances translocation of gold nanoparticles and therapeutic molecules into the cell within just ten minutes. Due to it..

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