Pharmaceutical Sciences

Title :

Exercise Imitating microRNA Lipodendriplex for the prevention and treatment of obesity

Area of research :

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Focus area :

Pharmaceutics, Genetic Engineering

Principal Investigator :

Prof. Rakesh Kumar Tekade, Associate Professor, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Ahmedabad

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Executive Summary :

This study aims to develop a novel method to deliver anti-miRNA while overcoming endosomal degradation of gene therapeutics. The research will use a unique adipose homing peptide sequenced aptamer modified lipid to develop lipodendriplex for adipose tissue-directed delivery of anti-miR-425. The in-house developed dendrimeric templated technique and Quality-by-design approach will be applied to prepare a high miRNA loading, RNAse stable, endosomal escape prone formulation for cytosolic delivery and targeted silencing of miRNA-425. The gene delivery and transfection efficiency will be tested in the 3T3-L1 differentiated adipose cell line and in a C57BL/6J high-fat diet obesity mouse model. The expected outcomes include one IPR related to loading, stabilization, and delivery of gene therapeutics, four research papers in ISI journals, and one Ph.D. student as SRF.


Dr. Kiran Kalia, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Ahmedabad

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