The emergence of cell-based therapeutics, specifically the use of mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs), stands to significantly affect the future of targeted drug delivery technologies. MSCs represent a unique cell type, offering more than only regenerative potential but also site-specific inflammatory targeting and tissue infiltration. In this study, a versatile multicomponent delivery platform, combining MSC tropism with multistage nanovector (MSV)-mediated payload delivery, is debuted. It is demonstrated that the incorporation of drug-loaded MSVs bestows MSCs with the ability to transport anti-inflammatory payloads, achieving a fivefold increase in payload release without negatively impacting cellular functions, viability, extravasation, and inflammatory homing. When incorporated within MSCs, MSVs avoid rapid sequestration by filtering organs and conserve a 15-fold increase in local inflammatory targeting compared to healthy ears. Furthermore, this MSC-mediated MSV platform (M&Ms) rapidly triggers a 4.5-fold reduction of local inflammation compared to free drug and extends survival to 100% of treated mice in a lethal model of systemic inflammation.
- drug delivery
- mesenchymal stromal/stem cells
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics