Biodegradable lipids enabling rapidly eliminated lipid nanoparticles for systemic delivery of RNAi therapeutics

Mol Ther. 2013 Aug;21(8):1570-8. doi: 10.1038/mt.2013.124. Epub 2013 Jun 25.


In recent years, RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics, most notably with lipid nanoparticle-based delivery systems, have advanced into human clinical trials. The results from these early clinical trials suggest that lipid nanoparticles (LNPs), and the novel ionizable lipids that comprise them, will be important materials in this emerging field of medicine. A persistent theme in the use of materials for biomedical applications has been the incorporation of biodegradability as a means to improve biocompatibility and/or to facilitate elimination. Therefore, the aim of this work was to further advance the LNP platform through the development of novel, next-generation lipids that combine the excellent potency of the most advanced lipids currently available with biodegradable functionality. As a representative example of this novel class of biodegradable lipids, the lipid evaluated in this work displays rapid elimination from plasma and tissues, substantially improved tolerability in preclinical studies, while maintaining in vivo potency on par with that of the most advanced lipids currently available.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Drug Delivery Systems*
  • Factor VII / genetics
  • Factor VII / metabolism
  • Gene Silencing
  • Gene Transfer Techniques*
  • Genetic Therapy
  • Humans
  • Lipids / chemistry*
  • Lipids / pharmacokinetics
  • Macaca fascicularis
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Nanoparticles / administration & dosage*
  • Nanoparticles / chemistry
  • Nanoparticles / toxicity
  • RNA Interference
  • RNA, Small Interfering / chemistry
  • RNA, Small Interfering / genetics*
  • Rats


  • Lipids
  • RNA, Small Interfering
  • Factor VII