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Protein encapsulation in liposomes: efficiency depends on interactions between protein and phospholipid bilayer.

Colletier JP, Chaize B, Winterhalter M, Fournier D - BMC Biotechnol. (2002)

Bottom Line: Using acetylcholinesterase as a model, we found that most protocols lead to a rapid denaturation of the enzyme with loss in the functionality and therefore inappropriate for such an application.To improve it and to propose a standard procedure for enzyme encapsulation, we separate each step and we studied the effect of each parameter on encapsulation: lipid and buffer composition and effect of the different physical treatment as freeze-thaw cycle or liposomes extrusion.We found that by increasing the lipid concentration, increasing the number of freeze-thaw cycles and enhancing the interactions of the enzyme with the liposome lipid surface more than 40% of the initial total activity can be encapsulated.

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Affiliation: Laboratoire de Synthèse et Physicochimie des Molécules d'Intérêt Biologiques-Groupe de Biochimie des Protéines, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. Colletie@ibs.fr

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Background: We investigated the encapsulation mechanism of enzymes into liposomes. The existing protocols to achieve high encapsulation efficiencies are basically optimized for chemically stable molecules. Enzymes, however, are fragile and encapsulation requires in addition the preservation of their functionality. Using acetylcholinesterase as a model, we found that most protocols lead to a rapid denaturation of the enzyme with loss in the functionality and therefore inappropriate for such an application. The most appropriate method is based on lipid film hydration but had a very low efficiency.

Results: To improve it and to propose a standard procedure for enzyme encapsulation, we separate each step and we studied the effect of each parameter on encapsulation: lipid and buffer composition and effect of the different physical treatment as freeze-thaw cycle or liposomes extrusion. We found that by increasing the lipid concentration, increasing the number of freeze-thaw cycles and enhancing the interactions of the enzyme with the liposome lipid surface more than 40% of the initial total activity can be encapsulated.

Conclusion: We propose here an optimized procedure to encapsulate fragile enzymes into liposomes. Optimal encapsulation is achieved by induction of a specific interaction between the enzyme and the lipid surface.

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Effect of NaCl concentration on AChE encapsulation under similar conditions as in figure 1.
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Figure 5: Effect of NaCl concentration on AChE encapsulation under similar conditions as in figure 1.

Mentions: In the next step we tested the effect of the ionic strength. Different concentrations of NaCl were used for the encapsulation of AChE from 10 μM to 1 M. It appeared that increasing concentration of NaCl lowers encapsulation (Fig. 5). According to the Debye-Hückel theory, addition of ions screens charged groups and leads to a reduction of electrostatic interactions between the enzyme and the lipid film. The observed decrease of the encapsulation efficiency while increasing the salts concentration suggests that encapsulation is related to an interaction between phospholipids and protein.


Protein encapsulation in liposomes: efficiency depends on interactions between protein and phospholipid bilayer.

Colletier JP, Chaize B, Winterhalter M, Fournier D - BMC Biotechnol. (2002)

Effect of NaCl concentration on AChE encapsulation under similar conditions as in figure 1.
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Figure 5: Effect of NaCl concentration on AChE encapsulation under similar conditions as in figure 1.
Mentions: In the next step we tested the effect of the ionic strength. Different concentrations of NaCl were used for the encapsulation of AChE from 10 μM to 1 M. It appeared that increasing concentration of NaCl lowers encapsulation (Fig. 5). According to the Debye-Hückel theory, addition of ions screens charged groups and leads to a reduction of electrostatic interactions between the enzyme and the lipid film. The observed decrease of the encapsulation efficiency while increasing the salts concentration suggests that encapsulation is related to an interaction between phospholipids and protein.

Bottom Line: Using acetylcholinesterase as a model, we found that most protocols lead to a rapid denaturation of the enzyme with loss in the functionality and therefore inappropriate for such an application.To improve it and to propose a standard procedure for enzyme encapsulation, we separate each step and we studied the effect of each parameter on encapsulation: lipid and buffer composition and effect of the different physical treatment as freeze-thaw cycle or liposomes extrusion.We found that by increasing the lipid concentration, increasing the number of freeze-thaw cycles and enhancing the interactions of the enzyme with the liposome lipid surface more than 40% of the initial total activity can be encapsulated.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Laboratoire de Synthèse et Physicochimie des Molécules d'Intérêt Biologiques-Groupe de Biochimie des Protéines, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. Colletie@ibs.fr

ABSTRACT

Background: We investigated the encapsulation mechanism of enzymes into liposomes. The existing protocols to achieve high encapsulation efficiencies are basically optimized for chemically stable molecules. Enzymes, however, are fragile and encapsulation requires in addition the preservation of their functionality. Using acetylcholinesterase as a model, we found that most protocols lead to a rapid denaturation of the enzyme with loss in the functionality and therefore inappropriate for such an application. The most appropriate method is based on lipid film hydration but had a very low efficiency.

Results: To improve it and to propose a standard procedure for enzyme encapsulation, we separate each step and we studied the effect of each parameter on encapsulation: lipid and buffer composition and effect of the different physical treatment as freeze-thaw cycle or liposomes extrusion. We found that by increasing the lipid concentration, increasing the number of freeze-thaw cycles and enhancing the interactions of the enzyme with the liposome lipid surface more than 40% of the initial total activity can be encapsulated.

Conclusion: We propose here an optimized procedure to encapsulate fragile enzymes into liposomes. Optimal encapsulation is achieved by induction of a specific interaction between the enzyme and the lipid surface.

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Related in: MedlinePlus