The structure of both carrier and anticancer drug affects the intracellular fate of a transported drug. The study investigated in vitro intracellular accumulation and cytotoxic activity of doxorubicin-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN), doxorubicin in pegylated liposomes (Caelyx®) and free doxorubicin. Intracellular doxorubicin levels and cytotoxic activity were determined by high performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection, and by the trypan blue dye exclusion assay, respectively. Doxorubicin-loaded SLN inhibited cell growth more strongly than either free or liposomal doxorubicin, in human colorectal adenocarcinoma, HT-29, retinoblastoma Y79, and glioblastoma U373 cell lines. The IC 50, values for doxorubicin-loaded SLN were significantly lower after 24 h exposure than those for free doxorubicin in all cell lines; after 48 h exposure they were lower than those for liposomal doxorubicin in HT-29 and Y79 cells. The enhanced cytotoxic activity of doxorubicin-loaded SLN was associated with increased drug incorporation in cells: intracellular doxorubicin levels were significantly enhanced after exposure to drug-loaded SLN versus either free or liposomal drug. Rate of intracellular accumulation and cytotoxic activity also differed among different cell lines; in particular, cells of epithelial origin were found to be more sensitive to doxorubicin-loaded SLN. In conclusion, the greater sensitivity of HT-29, Y79, and U373 cells to doxorubicin-loaded SLN than to the other drug formulations may be due to the capability of the delivery system to enhance drug action, through a marked uptake and accumulation of SLN within the cell.
- Solid Lipid Nanoparticles
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Materials Science (miscellaneous)
- Engineering (miscellaneous)