Functionalized lipid-like nanoparticles for in vivo mRNA delivery and base editing

Sci Adv. 2020 Aug 21;6(34):eabc2315. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abc2315. Print 2020 Aug.


Messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics have been explored to treat various genetic disorders. Lipid-derived nanomaterials are currently one of the most promising biomaterials that mediate effective mRNA delivery. However, efficiency and safety of this nanomaterial-based mRNA delivery remains a challenge for clinical applications. Here, we constructed a series of lipid-like nanomaterials (LLNs), named functionalized TT derivatives (FTT), for mRNA-based therapeutic applications in vivo. After screenings on the materials, we identified FTT5 as a lead material for efficient delivery of long mRNAs, such as human factor VIII (hFVIII) mRNA (~4.5 kb) for expression of hFVIII protein in hemophilia A mice. Moreover, FTT5 LLNs demonstrated high percentage of base editing on PCSK9 in vivo at a low dose of base editor mRNA (~5.5 kb) and single guide RNA. Consequently, FTT nanomaterials merit further development for mRNA-based therapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Gene Editing
  • Lipids
  • Mice
  • Nanoparticles*
  • Proprotein Convertase 9*
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism


  • Lipids
  • RNA, Messenger
  • PCSK9 protein, human
  • Proprotein Convertase 9