Microvasc Res 2017 07 2;112:14-19. Epub 2017 Feb 2.
Department of Medical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Electronic address:
Endothelial dysfunction is initial and critical step of atherosclerosis. Impaired bioavailability of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) is one of the main reasons of endothelial dysfunction. Improving bioavailability of eNOS by increasing its expression or activity using statins is an effective therapeutic strategy in restoring endothelial dysfunction. In this study, simvastatin (SIM) as a poorly water-soluble drug was loaded in poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (SIM-PLGA-NPs). NPs were then conjugated with mZD7349 peptide (mZD7349-SIM-PLGA-NPs) and directed against vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1). In vitro evaluation of the NPs for targeted delivery of SIM was performed on activated Human Umbilical Cord Vascular Endothelial Cells (HUVECs) by tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α). Effect of mZD7349-SIM-PLGA-NPs and SIM-PLGA-NPs was compared on eNOS phosphorylation (ser-1177). Results of western blot showed SIM post-treatment increased significantly phosphor-eNOS (Ser1177) expression but no total eNOS expression. The study showed that mZD7349-SIM-PLGA-NPs have particle size, zeta potential value, polydispersity index (PDI) and encapsulation efficacy % of 233±18nm, -9.6±1.1mV, 0.59±0.066 and 69±17.3%, respectively. Also phosphor-eNOS (Ser1177) expression in activated HUVECs treated with mZD7349-SIM-PLGA-NPs was significantly (p<0.05) better than treated cells with SIM-PLGA-NPs. The results suggest that mZD7349-SIM-PLGA-NPs may be usable as an appropriate drug carrier for restoring endothelial dysfunction.