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  • Valkonen, S.; Mallas, B.; Impola, U.; Valkeajärvi, A.; Eronen, J.; Javela, K.; Siljander, P.R.-M.; Laitinen, S. (2019)
    Novel analytical measures are needed to accurately monitor the properties of platelet concentrates (PCs). Since activated platelets produce platelet-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs), analyzing EVs of PCs may provide additional information about the condition of platelets. The prospect of using EVs as an auxiliary measure of platelet activation state was investigated by examining the effect of platelet additive solutions (PASs) on EV formation and platelet activation during PC storage. The time-dependent activation of platelets in PCs with PAS-B or with the further developed PAS-E was compared by measuring the exposure of CD62P by flow cytometry and the content of soluble glycoprotein V (sGPV) of PCs by an immunoassay. Changes in the concentration and size distribution of EVs were determined using nanoparticle tracking analysis. A time-dependent increase in platelet activation in PCs was demonstrated by increased CD62P ex­posure, sGPV content, and EV concentration. Using these strongly correlating parameters, PAS-B platelets were shown to be more activated compared to PAS-E platelets. Since the EV concentration correlated well with the established platelet activation markers CD62P and sGPV, it could potentially be used as a complementary parameter for platelet activation for PCs. More detailed characterization of the resulting EVs could help to understand how the PC components contribute the functional effects of transfused PCs.
  • Bimbo, Luis M.; Sarparanta, Mirkka; Santos, Helder A.; Airaksinen, Anu J.; Makila, Ermei; Laaksonen, Timo; Peltonen, Leena; Lehto, Vesa-Pekka; Hirvonen, Jouni; Salonen, Jarno (AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY., 2010)
  • Bimbo, Luis M.; Sarparanta, Mirkka; Santos, Hélder A.; Airaksinen, Anu J.; Mäkilä, Ermei; Laaksonen, Timo; Peltonen, Leena; Lehto, Vesa-Pekka; Hirvonen, Jouni; Salonen, Jarno (AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY., 2010)
  • Torrieri, Giulia; Fontana, Flavia; Figueiredo, Patricia; Liu, Zehua; Almeida Ferreira, Monica; Talman, Virpi; Martins, João Pedro; Fusciello, Manlio; Moslova, Karina; Teesalu, Tambet; Cerullo, Vincenzo; Hirvonen, Jouni; Ruskoaho, Heikki; Balasubramanian, Vimalkumar; Santos, Hélder A. (2020)
    The advent of nanomedicine has recently started to innovate the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, in particular myocardial infarction. Although current approaches are very promising, there is still an urgent need for advanced targeting strategies. In this work, the exploitation of macrophage recruitment is proposed as a novel and synergistic approach to improve the addressability of the infarcted myocardium achieved by current peptide-based heart targeting strategies. For this purpose, an acetalated dextran-based nanosystem is designed and successfully functionalized with two different peptides, atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and linTT1, which target, respectively, cardiac cells and macrophages associated with atherosclerotic plaques. The biocompatibility of the nanocarrier is screened on both macrophage cell lines and primary macrophages, showing high safety, in particular after functionalization of the nanoparticles' surface. Furthermore, the system shows higher association versus uptake ratio towards M2-like macrophages (approximately 2-fold and 6-fold increase in murine and human primary M2-like macrophages, respectively, compared to M1-like). Overall, the results demonstrate that the nanosystem has potential to exploit the "hitchhike" effect on M2-like macrophages and potentially improve, in a dual targeting strategy, the ability of the ANP peptide to target infarcted heart.
  • Ferreira, Mónica P. A.; Talman, Virpi; Torrieri, Giulia; Liu, Dongfei; Marques, Gonçalo; Moslova, Karina; Liu, Zehua; Pinto, João F.; Hirvonen, Jouni; Ruskoaho, Heikki; Santos, Hélder A. (2018)
    The inability of the heart to recover from an ischemic insult leads to the formation of fibrotic scar tissue and heart failure. From the therapeutic strategies under investigation, cardiac regeneration holds the promise of restoring the full functionality of a damaged heart. Taking into consideration the presence of vast numbers of fibroblasts and myofibroblasts in the injured heart, direct fibroblast reprogramming into cardiomyocytes using small drug molecules is an attractive therapeutic option to replenish the lost cardiomyocytes. Here, a spermine-acetalated dextran-based functional nanoparticle is developed for pH-triggered drug delivery of two poorly water soluble small molecules, CHIR99021 and SB431542, both capable of increasing the efficiency of direct reprogramming of fibroblast into cardiomyocytes. Upon functionalization with polyethylene glycol and atrial natriuretic peptide, the biocompatibility of the nanosystem is improved, and the cellular interactions with the cardiac nonmyocytes are specifically augmented. The dual delivery of the compounds is verified in vitro, and the compounds exerted concomitantly anticipate biological effects by stabilizing β-catenin (CHIR99021) and by preventing translocation of Smad3 to the nucleus of (myo)fibroblasts (SB431542). These observations highlight the potential of this nanoparticle-based system toward improved drug delivery and efficient direct reprogramming of fibroblasts into cardiomyocyte-like cells, and thus, potential cardiac regeneration therapy.
  • Palviainen, Mari; Saraswat, Mayan K.; Varga, Zoltan; Kitka, Diana; Neuvonen, Maarit; Puhka, Maija; Joenväärä, Sakari; Renkonen, Risto; Nieuwland, Rienk; Takatalo, Maarit; Siljander, Pia R. M. (2020)
    Extracellular vesicles (EVs) in human blood are a potential source of biomarkers. To which extent anticoagulation affects their concentration, cellular origin and protein composition is largely unexplored. To study this, blood from 23 healthy subjects was collected in acid citrate dextrose (ACD), citrate or EDTA, or without anticoagulation to obtain serum. EVs were isolated by ultracentrifugation or by size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) for fluorescence-SEC. EVs were analyzed by micro flow cytometry, NTA, TEM, Western blot, and protein mass spectrometry. The plasma EV concentration was unaffected by anticoagulants, but serum contained more platelet EVs. The protein composition of plasma EVs differed between anticoagulants, and between plasma and serum. Comparison to other studies further revealed that the shared EV protein composition resembles the "protein corona" of synthetic nanoparticles incubated in plasma or serum. In conclusion, we have validated a higher concentration of platelet EVs in serum than plasma by contemporary EV methods. Anticoagulation should be carefully described (i) to enable study comparison, (ii) to utilize available sample cohorts, and (iii) when preparing/selecting biobank samples. Further, the similarity of the EV protein corona and that of nanoparticles implicates that EVs carry both intravesicular and extravesicular cargo, which will expand their applicability for biomarker discovery.
  • Saari, Heikki; Turunen, Tiia; Lohmus, Andres; Turunen, Mikko; Jalasvuori, Matti; Butcher, Sarah J.; Yla-Herttuala, Seppo; Viitala, Tapani; Cerullo, Vincenzo; Siljander, Pia R. M.; Yliperttula, Marjo (2020)
    Extracellular vesicles (EVs) have been showcased as auspicious candidates for delivering therapeutic cargo, including oncolytic viruses for cancer treatment. Delivery of oncolytic viruses in EVs could provide considerable advantages, hiding the viruses from the immune system and providing alternative entry pathways into cancer cells. Here we describe the formation and viral cargo of EVs secreted by cancer cells infected with an oncolytic adenovirus (IEVs, infected cell-derived EVs) as a function of time after infection. IEVs were secreted already before the lytic release of virions and their structure resembled normally secreted EVs, suggesting that they were not just apoptotic fragments of infected cells. IEVs were able to carry the viral genome and induce infection in other cancer cells. As such, the role of EVs in the life cycle of adenoviruses may be an important part of a successful infection and may also be harnessed for cancer- and gene therapy.
  • Liu, Dongfei; Lipponen, Katriina; Quan, Peng; Wan, Xiaocao; Zhan, Hongbo; Makilä, Ermei; Salonen, Jarno; Kostiainen, Risto; Hirvonen, Jouni; Kotiaho, Tapio; Santos, Helder A. (2018)
    By exploiting its porous structure and high loading capacity, porous silicon (PSi) is a promising biomaterial to fabricate protocells and biomimetic reactors. Here, we have evaluated the impact of physicochemical properties of PSi particles [thermally oxidized PSi, TOPSi; annealed TOPSi, AnnTOPSi; (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane functionalized thermally carbonized PSi, APTES-TCPSi; and thermally hydrocarbonized PSi, THCPSi] on their surface interactions with different phospholipids. All of the four phospholipids were similarly adsorbed by the surface of PSi particles, except for TOPSi. Among four PSi particles, TOPSi with hydrophilic surface and smaller pore size showed the weakest adsorption toward phosphatidylcholines. By increasing the pore size from roughly 12.5 to 18.0 nm (TOPSi vs AnnTOPSi), the quantity of phosphatidylcholines adsorbed by TOPSi was enhanced to the same level of hydrophilic APTES-TCPSi and hydrophobic THCPSi. The 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) exhibited the highest release ratio of phospholipids from all four PSi particles, and phosphatidylserine (DPPS) showed the lowest release ratio of phospholipids from PSi particles, except for TOPSi, which adsorbed less phospholipids due to the small pore size. There is consistency in the release extent of phospholipids from PSi particles and the isosteric heat of adsorption. Overall, our study demonstrates the importance of pore size and surface chemistry of PSi particles as well as the structure of phospholipids on their interactions. The obtained information can be employed to guide the selection of PSi particles and phospholipids to fabricate highly ordered structures, for example, protocells, or biomimetic reactors.
  • Herranz- Blanco, Bárbara; Arriaga, Laura R.; Mäkilä, Ermei; Correia, Alexandra; Shrestha, Neha; Mirza, Sabiruddin; Weitz, David A.; Salonen, Jarno; Hirvonen, Jouni; Santos, Helder A. (2014)
    A reliable microfluidic platform for the generation of stable and monodisperse multistage drug delivery systems is reported. A glass-capillary flow-focusing droplet generation device was used to encapsulate thermally hydrocarbonized porous silicon (PSi) microparticles into the aqueous cores of double emulsion drops, yielding the formation of a multistage PSi–lipid vesicle. This composite system enables a large loading capacity for hydrophobic drugs.
  • Martins, João Pedro; Figueiredo, Patricia; Wang, Shiqi; Espo, Erika; Celi, Elena; Martins, Beatriz; Kemell, Marianna; Moslova, Karina; Mäkilä, Ermei; Salonen, Jarno; Kostiainen, Mauri; Celia, Christian; Cerullo, Vincenzo; Viitala, Tapani; Sarmento, Bruno; Hirvonen, Jouni; Santos, Hélder A. (2022)
    Oral insulin delivery could change the life of millions of diabetic patients as an effective, safe, easy-to-use, and affordable alternative to insulin injections, known by an inherently thwarted patient compliance. Here, we designed a multistage nanoparticle (NP) system capable of circumventing the biological barriers that lead to poor drug absorption and bioavailability after oral administration. The nanosystem consists of an insulin-loaded porous silicon NP encapsulated into a pH-responsive lignin matrix, and surface-functionalized with the Fc fragment of immunoglobulin G, which acts as a targeting ligand for the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn). The developed NPs presented small size (211 +/- 1 nm) and narrow size distribution. The NPs remained intact in stomach and intestinal pH conditions, releasing the drug exclusively at pH 7.4, which mimics blood circulation. This formulation showed to be highly cytocompatible, and surface plasmon resonance studies demonstrated that FcRn-targeted NPs present higher capacity to interact and being internalized by the Caco-2 cells, which express FcRn, as demonstrated by Western blot. Ultimately, in vitro permeability studies showed that Fc-functionalized NPs induced an increase in the amount of insulin that permeated across a Caco-2/HT29-MTX co-culture model, showing apparent permeability coefficients (P-app) of 2.37 x 10(-6) cm/s, over the 1.66 x 10(-6) cm/s observed for their non-functionalized counterparts. Overall, these results demonstrate the potential of these NPs for oral delivery of anti-diabetic drugs.
  • Lauren, Eva; Tigistu-Sahle, Feven; Valkonen, Sami; Westberg, Melissa; Valkeajarvi, Anne; Eronen, Juha; Siljander, Pia R-M; Pettila, Ville; Kakela, Reijo; Laitinen, Saara; Kerkela, Erja (2018)
    Red blood cells (RBCs) are stored up to 35-42 days at 2-6 degrees C in blood banks. During storage, the RBC membrane is challenged by energy depletion, decreasing pH, altered cation homeostasis, and oxidative stress, leading to several biochemical and morphological changes in RBCs and to shedding of extracellular vesicles (EVs) into the storage medium. These changes are collectively known as RBC storage lesions. EVs accumulate in stored RBC concentrates and are, thus, transfused into patients. The potency of EVs as bioactive effectors is largely acknowledged, and EVs in RBC concentrates are suspected to mediate some adverse effects of transfusion. Several studies have shown accumulation of lipid raft associated proteins in RBC EVs during storage, whereas a comprehensive phospholipidomic study on RBCs and corresponding EVs during the clinical storage period is lacking. Our mass spectrometric and chromatographic study shows that RBCs maintain their major phospholipid (PL) content well during storage despite abundant vesiculation. The phospholipidomes were largely similar between RBCs and EVs. No accumulation of raft lipids in EVs was seen, suggesting that the primary mechanism of RBC vesiculation during storage might not be raft-based. Nonetheless, a slight tendency of EV PLs for shorter acyl chains was observed.
  • Terracciano, Monica; Shahbazi, Mohammad-Ali; Correia, Alexandra; Rea, Ilaria; Lamberti, Annalisa; De Stefano, Luca; Santos, Hélder A. (2015)
    Diatomite is a natural porous silica material of sedimentary origin. Due to its peculiar properties, it can be considered as a valid surrogate of synthetic porous silica for nano-based drug delivery. In this work, we exploit the potential of diatomite nanoparticles (DNPs) for drug delivery with the aim of developing a successful dual-biofunctionalization method by polyethylene glycol (PEG) coverage and cell-penetrating peptide (CPP) bioconjugation, to improve the physicochemical and biological properties of the particles, to enhance the intracellular uptake in cancer cells, and to increase the biocompatibility of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APT) modified-DNPs. DNPs-APT-PEG-CPP showed hemocompatibility for up to 200 mu g mL(-1) after 48 h of incubation with erythrocytes, with a hemolysis value of only 1.3%. The cytotoxicity of the modified-DNPs with a concentration up to 200 mu g mL(-1) and incubation with MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells for 24 h, demonstrated that PEGylation and CPP-bioconjugation can strongly reduce the cytotoxicity of DNPs-APT. The cellular uptake of the modified-DNPs was also evaluated using the above mentioned cancer cell lines, showing that the CPP-bioconjugation can considerably increase the DNP cellular uptake. Moreover, the dual surface modification of DNPs improved both the loading of a poorly water-soluble anticancer drug, sorafenib, with a loading degree up to 22 wt%, and also enhanced the drug release profiles in aqueous solutions. Overall, this work demonstrates that the biofunctionalization of DNPs is a promising platform for drug delivery applications in cancer therapy as a result of its enhanced stability, biocompatibility, cellular uptake, and drug release profiles.