Self-oxygenation mesoporous MnO2 nanoparticles with ultra-high drug loading capability for focused arteriosclerosis remedy | Journal of Nanobiotechnology


Curcumin (Cur) and rhodamine B had been supplied by Yuanye Biotechnology Co., Ltd (Shanghai, China), and hyaluronic acid (HA) was bought from huateng pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Jiangsu, China). Manganese dioxide (MnCl2) and a couple of,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), human ApoAI and human HDL had been obtained from Sigma (Saint Louis, MI, USA). NaOH, ammonium molybdate, Tween 80, H2O2, 4′, 6-Diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI), 2′ 7′-dichlorofluorescin diacetate (DCFDA) had been from Sinopharm Chemical Reagent Co., Ltd (Shanghai, China). IFN-γ, IL-4, and 4′, 6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) was supplied by Solarbio Biotech, Co., Ltd. (Beijing, China). Glutathione (GSH), NaOH, CoCl2, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), tween 80 H2O2 and different widespread chemical reagents had been obtained from Macklin Co., Ltd (Shanghai, China). DCFH-DA was supplied by Sigma-Aldrich (St Louis, MO, USA). All mRNA primers had been obtained by BioeGene Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China). Fetal bovine serum (FBS) and dulbecco’s modified Eagle’s medium (DMEM) had been from Gibco (Grand Island, NY, USA). Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was from Biosharp (Hefei, China). Fetal bovine serum (FBS), penicillin, streptomycin, and Dulbecco’s modified Eagle’s medium (DMEM) had been from Gibco (Carlsbad, CA, USA). The PCR associated brokers, together with qPCR Detection Package, TRIzol reagent, and First Strand cDNA Synthesis Package had been from Thermo Fisher Scientific Co., Ltd (MA, USA). The primers of CD206, Arg-1, CD80, iNOS, and housekeeping gene of GAPDH had been designed by Qingke Biotech (Changsha, China). NBD-cholesterol was from Ruixi Biotechnology Co., Ltd (Xian, China). Human high-oxidized low density lipoprotein (oxLDL) was bought from Yiyuan Biotechnologies (China). The assay kits for biochemical indexes in vivo had been supplied by Jiancheng Bioengineering Institute (Nanjing, China).


Murine macrophage line RAW 264.7 was from Xiangya cell middle (Changsha, China). The cells had been cultured in DMEM media at 37 °C supplemented with 1% penicillin–streptomycin plus 10% FBS in a humidified ambiance of 5% CO2. The macrophages had been handled with 100 ng/mL LPS plus 2.5 ng/mL IFN-γ or 10 ng/mL IL-4 for twenty-four h to permit M1 and M2 polarization, respectively.


All animal procedures and protocols had been accepted by the Experimental Animal Ethics Committee of Central South College and had been carried out based on the Nationwide Rules on the Use of Experimental Animals. Male C57BL/6 mice (6–8 weeks) as management and the male apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE−/−) mice (about 6–7 weeks outdated) had been supplied by Cavens Laboratory Animal Co., Ltd. (Changzhou, China). The animal experiments had been carried out after 7 days of acclimatization.

Preparation of Cur-MnO2/HA NPs

NaOH (80 μL, 1 M) was blended with hyaluronic acid (4 mL, 5 mg/mL) at room temperature, and MnCl2 (40 μL, 20 mg/mL) was quickly added, adopted by sonication for 10 min. The MnO2/HA NPs was collected through centrifugation at 20,000 rpm for 10 min. To arrange Cur-MnO2/HA NPs, curcumin (100 μL, 10 mg/mL, dissolved in DMSO) was added into 1 mL MnO2/HA NPs below vigorous stirring. After 10 min, Cur-MnO2/HA NPs was obtained by centrifugation. Rho B loaded nanoparticles had been equally ready by changing Cur with Rho B.

Characterizations of Cur-MnO2/HA NPs

The UV–Vis absorbance and FT-IR spectra had been measured by UV–Vis spectrophotometer (UV2450, Shimadzu, Tokyo, Japan) and Fourier Rework Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) (ALPHA, Bruker, Germany), respectively. The hydrodynamic measurement and ζ potential had been measured by Malvern Zeta Sizer Nano collection (Nano ZS, Malvern devices, Malvern, UK). To discover the colloidal stability, Cur-MnO2/HA NPs had been dispersed in DMEM full medium (containing 10% FBS), PBS resolution (10 mM, pH 7.4) or water at 37 °C, and the samples had been taken at pre-determined timepoints for particle measurement monitoring. The morphology and parts distribution had been decided by TEM–EDX (Titan G2 60e300, FEI, Waltham, MA, USA) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, ThermoFisher-VG Scientific, ESCALAB250Xi, Madison, Waltham, MA, USA). The loading capability (LC%) and encapsulation effectivity (EE%) of Cur was calculated based on the next formulation.

$$LC{%}=frac{Weight ,of, Cur, in, nanoparticles}{Weight, of, nanoparticles}occasions 100{%}$$


$$EE{%}=frac{Weight, of, Cur, in, nanoparticles}{Weight, of, feeding, Cur}occasions 100{%}$$


To check the Cur launch profile, Cur-MnO2/HA NPs was suspended in numerous buffers (pH 7.4 phosphate buffer, pH 7.4 phosphate buffer plus 10 mM GSH, and pH 5.5 phosphate buffer) containing 0.2% tween 80 to take care of the sink situation. At predetermined timepoints, the dissolution media had been sampled to measure drug launch by measuring Cur. To check the interplay between Cur and MnO2/HA NPs, 100 mM probing ligand (NaCl, urea, EDTA, or SDS) was added into Cur-MnO2/HA NPs for 1 h incubation, after which the nanoparticles had been centrifuged and the supernatant was collected to measure the indifferent Cur by UV spectrophotometer.

Catalase-mimic and ROS scavenging actions

To measure the catalase mimic exercise, 1 mM H2O2 was added into MnO2/HA NPs, adopted by measuring the kinetics of H2O2 consumption and O2 technology. Particularly, H2O2 focus was quantified by including 0.5 mL of ammonium molybdate (40 mg/mL), which might react with H2O2 to kind a yellow complicated with UV–Vis absorbance at 350 nm. O2 focus may be straight monitored through the use of a conveyable dissolved oxygen meter (JPBJ-609L, INESA Scientific Instrument Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China).

To measure the DPPH scavenging exercise, 1 mL recent ready DPPH· resolution (100 μL/mL) was incubated with totally different concentrations of Cur-MnO2/HA NPs at 30 °C in darkish. After 30 min, the UV–Vis absorbance at 517 nm was recorded to calculate DPPH elimination.

Extra quantity of superoxide anion (O2·−) was produced by the xanthine/xanthine oxidase system, after which varied concentrations of Cur-MnO2/HA NPs was added for 40 min incubation at 37 °C. The residual O2·− was quantified by a commercially accessible take a look at package (Nanjing Jiancheng Bioengineering Institute, China) to calculate O2·− scavenging exercise.

Hydroxyl radical (·OH) scavenging exercise was measured through the use of a hydroxyl radical antioxidant capability (HORAC) exercise assay package (Cell Biolabs, Inc., USA), which is predicated on the oxidation of a fluorescent probe by ·OH. By following the producer’s protocol, ·OH scavenging exercise of various concentrations of Cur-MnO2/HA NPs was explored.

Mobile uptake

The M1/M2 polarized macrophages had been seed in 24-well plates (5 × 103 cells/effectively), and Rho B labeled nanoparticles had been added for 4 h incubation. After eradicating the cell media, the cells had been washed 3 times with PBS (10 mM, pH 7.4), after which mounted by 4% paraformaldehyde for 20 min, adopted by staining the cell nuclei utilizing 2 μg/mL DAPI for 10 min. To discover the contribution of HA-mediated intracellular supply, the cells had been pre-treated with 5 mg/mL HA for 4 h earlier than including the nanoparticles. The uptake of nanoparticles was noticed through the use of fluorescent microscopy. For quantitative evaluation, the uptake was examined through the use of move cytometry (FACSVerse, BD, USA). The cells had been incubated in 6-well plates at density of 4 × 104 cells/effectively, and all therapies had been the identical as described above. After incubating with nanoparticles and washing by PBS, the cells had been collected and suspended in PBS for move cytometry evaluation.

Cell cytotoxicity

Cell cytotoxicity of Cur-MnO2/HA NPs was evaluated by MTT assay. Briefly, the M1 macrophages had been seed in 96-well plates, and Cur-MnO2/HA NPs with totally different Cur concentrations had been added for twenty-four h incubation. The medium was changed by 100 μL MTT resolution (0.5 mg/mL), adopted by 4 h response. After discarding the liquid in wells utterly, DSMO was added to dissolve formazan crystals, and the UV–vis absorbance at 490 nm was decided by microplate reader (Infinite M200 PRO, TECAN, Austria) to evaluate the cell viability.

Intracellular ROS scavenging exercise

RAW 264.7 macrophages (105 cells/effectively) had been seeded in 24-well plates, and incubated with free Cur or Cur-MnO2/HA NPs (at equal Cur focus of 60 μM) for two h. For management teams, the cells had been cultured in medium with none therapy. Then, the cells had been handled with 100 ng/mL LPS plus 2.5 ng/mL IFN-γ for twenty-four h, whereas the destructive management was handled with recent medium once more. After washing with PBS, the cells had been handled with 10 μM DCFH-DA in serum-free medium for 30 min incubation. The fluorescence pictures had been taken through the use of fluorescence imaging system (NIKON, Ti-S, Japan), and the quantified depth was measured by move cytometry (Accuri C6, BD Biosciences).

In vitro anti-inflammatory results

The cells acquired the identical therapies as described above. After LPS plus IFN-γ therapies, varied inflammatory cytokines in tradition supernatants had been measured by ELISA (Neobioscience, China), and the overall protein ranges had been decided by BCA package (Beyotime, China).

In vitro anti-oxidative safety results

RAW 264.7 macrophages (105 cells/effectively) had been seeded in 24-well plates, and incubated with free Cur or Cur-MnO2/HA NPs (at equal Cur focus of 60 μM) for two h. For management teams, the cells had been cultured in medium with none therapy. Then, the cells had been handled with 300 μM H2O2 for twenty-four h. For destructive management, the cells had been handled with recent medium for comparability. To measure DNA injury, the overall DNA was collected and purified through the use of a DNA extraction package (51304, QIAGEN, German) for focus quantification. Then, DNA was digested by nuclease P1, adopted by adjusting the answer pH to ~ 8 utilizing 1 M Tris–HCl. Afterwards, alkaline phosphatase (10 U per mg DNA) was added for 30 min incubation at 37 °C then boiling for 10 min. The 8-OHdG stage was measured utilizing an ELISA package by following the producer’s instruction (SKT-120, Stressmarq, Canada). To find out lipid injury, the extent of 8-iso-PGF2α in cell medium was straight measured utilizing an ELISA package by following the producer’s instruction (ADI-900-010, ENZO, Switzerland).

M1-to-M2 polarization of macrophages

For RT-PCR, the RAW 264.7 macrophages (105 cells/effectively) had been seed in 6-wells plates and stimulated with LPS plus IFN-γ for M1 polarization. Then, Cur or Cur-MnO2/HA NPs (at equal Cur focus of 60 μM) was added for twenty-four h incubation. Afterwards, the cells had been collected and the overall RNA was harvested by TRIzol reagent, and the relative stage of macrophage-associated mRNAs had been measured by RT-PCR (CFX-Join, BIO-RAD, USA). For immunofluorescent staining, the cells had been accepted the identical therapies, after which mounted with 4% paraformaldehyde to permit incubation with major antibodies at 4 °C in a single day. Then, the secondary antibodies (with fluorescence-labeling) had been added for 1 h incubation. The cell nuclei had been co-stained with DAPI, after which noticed and imaged by fluorescence microscope.

HIF-1α and ABCA1 regulation

To induce HIF-1α upregulation, the cells had been incubated with 100 μM CoCl2 in serum-free medium for 4 h. Then, the cells had been handled with totally different formulations for twenty-four h, and lysed in RIPA buffer (Servicebio, China). After quantification of the remoted proteins utilizing BCA protein quantification package (Servicebio, China), equal quantities of proteins had been loaded on 5% SDS-PAGE for separation, after which transferred to PVDF membranes for incubation with rabbit HIF-1α monoclonal antibody (1: 1000, ABclonel) for 3 h. Afterwards, secondary antibodies with horseradish peroxidase had been incubated with the membrane for 30 min, and the proteins had been visualized by a chemical luminescence package (Servicebio, China). To measure the APBA1 expression, the cells had been subjected with totally different therapies, and the overall RNA was harvested by TRIzol reagent, and the relative stage of ABCA1 mRNA was measured by RT-PCR (CFX-Join, BIO-RAD, USA) based on the producer’s instruction.

Ldl cholesterol efflux assay

The fluorescent NBD-cholesterol was used to check the ldl cholesterol efflux in macrophages as described beforehand. The cells had been handled with totally different formulations for 12 h, and the cells with none therapy had been used as management. Then, 1 μg/mL NBD-cholesterol was added for one more 6 h incubation in presence of 10 μg/mL ApoAI or 50 μg/mL HDL. The cells had been washed with PBS and cultured in cell medium for six h. Afterwards, the cell medium was collected and centrifuged (13,000 rpm, 5 min) to take away particles, whereas the cells had been lysed by NaOH (0.5 mL, 0.1 M). NBD-cholesterol focus was quantified by fluorescent microplate reader (Infinite M200 PRO, TECAN, Austria) with Ex = 496 nm, Em = 537 nm, and the proportion of ldl cholesterol efflux was calculated.

Oil Pink O staining the formation of froth cell

The cells had been added with 30 μg/mL oxLDL in presence or absence of various formulations for 48 h incubation. For the management group, the cells had been handled with cell medium. After washing twice by PBS, the cells had been mounted by 4% paraformaldehyde for 20 min, after which washed with water and isopropanol. Afterwards, the cells had been stained with Oil Pink O for 15 min, adopted by rinsing with isopropanol (30 s) and washing by water (twice). The cell nuclei had been counter-stained with hematoxylin for 1 min. After washing with water, the lipid droplets in cells had been noticed utilizing gentle microscope, and the ORO focus was quantified by extracting intracellular ORO utilizing isopropanol for UV–vis measurement at 518 nm.

In vivo pharmacokinetics and biodistribution

The mice had been intravenously injected with free Cur resolution (dissolved in a combination resolution of DMA: PEG400: 5% dextrose with volumetric ratio of three:9:8) or Cur-MnO2/HA with Cur dose of 10 mg kg−1 physique weight. At pre-determined timepoints, 400 μL blood samples had been collected, and centrifuged for 10 min (4 °C, 5000 rpm min−1) to acquire the plasma. Then, the plasma (150 μL) was added with citrate buffer resolution (50 μL, pH 3), adopted by 3 min incubation. After dilution by including 1.5 mL methanol with gently whirling, the pattern was centrifuged (4 °C, 10,000 rpm min−1, 10 min), and the supernatant was collected for Cur quantification through the use of fluorescent meter at excitation/emission of 420/540 nm (the uncooked knowledge had been offered in Extra file 1: Desk S1 and Fig. S1, and a calibration for pattern quantification was in-built Extra file 1: Fig. S2). To measure the biodistribution, the mice had been sacrificed at 6 h post-injection, and the main organs in addition to aortas had been harvested. After washing and weighting, the samples had been homogenized, adopted by including citrate buffer resolution (500 μL, pH 3) for vortex. Then, the combination was diluted by 3 mL methanol with whirling for 10 min. After centrifugation to acquire the supernatant, the Cur focus in every tissue was measured as described above. All uncooked knowledge for every pattern had been proven in Extra file 1: Figs. S3, S4.

Therapeutic efficacy analysis in vivo

The ApoE−/− mice had been fed with a high-fat weight-reduction plan throughout the entire experiment to permit the event of AS mannequin, whereas the management group acquired regular feeding. After the primary month, the mannequin mice had been randomly divided into 4 teams with totally different therapies through tail vein injection (i.e., saline, MnO2/HA, Cur, and Cur-MnO2/HA; with equal Cur dosage of 20 mg/kg) for each three days. Two months later, the mice had been sacrificed, and the aorta was collected and washed with 10% impartial buffered formalin for 30 min for subsequent analysis. The overall aorta and aortic root had been stained with ORO, and the plaque space was analyzed by Picture-Professional Plus 6.0 software program. For histology assay, the artic sections had been mounted in 10% impartial buffered formalin, and embedded in paraffin with 4 μm thickness, adopted by hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining.

Mechanism research of the anti-AS efficacy and biosafety analysis

After varied therapy, the serum samples had been collected, and ranges of MDA, H2O2, ox-LDL, TNF-α and IL-1β measured by their respectively assay kits (Nanjing Jiancheng Bioengineering Institute, Nanjing, China). The aortas had been excised to permit immunofluorescent staining of HIF-1α, ABCA1 mRNA stage was measured by RT-PCR. To discover the macrophage polarization, the aortas had been pretreated with BSA for deparaffinization, antigen retrieval and blockade, and the sections had been incubated with the antibodies towards Arg-1 and iNOS. Afterwards, the secondary antibodies with fluorescence labeling had been added for 1 h incubation. Then the cell nuclei had been co-stained by DAPI, and noticed by a fluorescent microscope. For biosafety analysis, main organs had been collected to repair in 4% paraformaldehyde, and stained with H&E for evaluation.

Statistical evaluation

All knowledge are expressed because the imply ± customary deviation (SD). Statistical analyses had been performed utilizing the one-way ANOVA take a look at for experiments with a number of teams, and a scholar’s t-test for knowledge with two teams. Statistical significance was thought of at p < 0.05.


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