Preparation and Isolation of siRNA-Loaded Extracellular Vesicles.
Vader P., Mäger I., Lee Y., Nordin JZ., Andaloussi SEL., Wood MJA.
RNA interference (RNAi) has tremendous potential for specific silencing of disease-causing genes. Its clinical usage however critically depends on the development of carrier systems that can transport the RNAi-mediating small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules to the cytosol of target cells. Recent reports have suggested that extracellular vesicles (EVs) form a natural transport system through which biomolecules, including RNA, is exchanged between cells. Therefore, EVs are increasingly being considered as potential therapeutic siRNA delivery systems.In this chapter we describe a method for preparing siRNA-loaded EVs, including a robust, scalable method to isolate them from cell culture supernatants.