Controlled Delivery of Slit3 Proteins from Alginate Microbeads Inhibits In Vitro Angiogenesis.

The Journal of Surgical Research
Kathleen MarulandaSean E McLean


The Slit-Robo pathway is a key regulator of angiogenesis and cellular function in experimental models. Slit3 proteins exhibit both proangiogenic and antiangiogenic properties, but the exact mechanism remains unclear. It is theorized that Slit3 may be a potential treatment for vascular diseases and cancer. Slit3 labeled with I-125 was encapsulated in microbeads composed of low-viscosity alginate of high-glucuronic acid content, first coated with poly-L-ornithine for various durations and finally with low-viscosity high mannuronic acid. Gamma counter was used to measure microbead encapsulation efficiency and Slit3 release. Markers of angiogenesis were assessed with Boyden chamber, scratch wound, and Matrigel tube formation assays using human umbilical vein and mouse endothelial cells. On incubation of Slit3-loaded microbeads, there was an initial burst phase release of Slit3 for the first 24 h followed by sustained release for 6 to 12 d. Microbead composition determined encapsulation efficiency and rate of release; Slit3 encapsulation was most efficient in microbeads with lower low-viscosity alginate of high-glucuronic acid content concentrations (1.5%) and no poly-L-ornithine coating. Compared with controls (media alone), Slit3 ...Continue Reading


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