The A3B-type Lactosome comprised of poly(sarcosine)3-block-poly(L-lactic acid), a biocompatible and biodegradable polymeric nanomicelle, was reported to accumulate in tumors in vivo via the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect. Recently, the cellular uptake of Lactosome particles was enhanced through the incorporation of a cell-penetrating peptide (CPP), L7EB1. However, the ability of Lactosome as a drug delivery carrier has not been established. Herein, we have developed a method to conjugate the A3B-type Lactosome with ATP-binding cassette transporter G2 (ABCG2) siRNA for inducing in vitro apoptosis in the cancer cell lines PANC-1 and NCI-H226. The L7EB1 peptide facilitates the cellular uptake efficiency of Lactosome but does not deliver siRNA into cytosol. To establish the photoinduced cytosolic dispersion of siRNA, a photosensitizer loaded L7EB1-Lactosome was prepared, and the photosensitizer 5,10,15,20-tetra-kis(pentafluorophenyl)porphyrin (TPFPP) showed superiority in photoinduced cytosolic dispersion. We exploited the combined effects of enhanced cellular uptake by L7EB1 and photoinduced endosomal escape by TPFPP to efficiently deliver ABCG2 siRNA into the cytosol for gene silencing. Moreover, the silencing of ABCG2, a protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) transporter, also mediated photoinduced cell death via 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-mediated PpIX accumulated photodynamic therapy (PDT). The synergistic capability of the L7EB1/TPFPP/siRNA-Lactosome complex enabled both gene silencing and PDT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1788-1798
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021


  • ABCG2
  • Cancer
  • Lactosome
  • Photochemical internalization
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Photosensitizer
  • Polymeric micelle
  • siRNA
  • siRNA delivery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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