Aim: The present study was designed to test the cellular uptake of PEGylated liposomes targeted to transferrin receptor and to α-synuclein by a cell model of the blood–brain barrier (BBB). Materials & methods: PEGylated immunoliposomes were prepared with anti-transferrin receptor OX26 and anti-α-synuclein LB509 antibodies to overcome the BBB in Parkinson’s disease. Results: The doubly targeted immunoliposomes bind to transferrin receptor and to α-synuclein protein, as assessed by ELISA assays. We establish that 40% of an encapsulated tested drug (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) is released in a time frame of 44 h, which is reasonable for sustained release. The cellular uptake of doubly targeted immunoliposomes in cultured brain endothelial cells hCMEC/D3 was two-times more efficient than that of PEGylated liposomes. Conclusion: Immunoliposomes targeted to BBB receptors and to α-synuclein could potentially enable the transport of drugs across the BBB and reach one of the drug targets in Parkinson’s disease.
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