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Carbon Nanotubes: Solution for the Therapeutic Delivery of siRNA?

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Author(s): D. Lynn Kirkpatrick | Michelle Weiss | Anton Naumov | Geoffrey Bartholomeusz | R. Bruce Weisman | Olga Gliko

Journal: Materials
ISSN 1996-1944

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 278;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: single-walled carbon nanotube | short interfering RNA | therapeutic delivery

ABSTRACT
Carbon nanotubes have many unique physical and chemical properties that are being widely explored for potential applications in biomedicine especially as transporters of drugs, proteins, DNA and RNA into cells. Specifically, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) have been shown to deliver siRNA to tumors in vivo. The low toxicity, the excellent membrane penetration ability, the protection afforded against blood breakdown of the siRNA payload and the good biological activity seen in vivo suggests that SWCNT may become universal transfection vehicles for siRNA and other RNAs for therapeutic applications. This paper will introduce a short review of a number of therapeutic applications for carbon nanotubes and provide recent data suggesting SWCNT are an excellent option for the delivery of siRNA clinically.
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