Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    AHAPS-functionalized silica nanoparticles do not modulate allergic contact dermatitis in mice (2014)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Ostrowski, Anja (WE 12)
    Nordmeyer, Daniel
    Mundhenk, Lars (WE 12)
    Fluhr, Joachim W
    Lademann, Jürgen
    Graf, Christina
    Rühl, Eckart
    Gruber, Achim D (WE 12)
    Nanoscale research letters; 9(1) — S. 524
    ISSN: 1931-7573
    URL (Volltext): http://edocs.fu-berlin.de/docs/receive/FUDOCS_document_000000021207
    DOI: 10.1186/1556-276X-9-524
    Pubmed: 25276110
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is a common skin disease in people and may become a potential site of exposure to nanoparticles (NP). Silica nanoparticles (SiO2-NP) possess a promising potential for various medical and non-medical applications, including normal and diseased skin as target organs. However, it has been shown that negatively charged SiO2-NP may act as proinflammatory adjuvant in allergic diseases. The effect of topical SiO2-NP exposure on preexisting ACD has not been studied to date although this reflects a common in vivo situation. Of particular interest are the potential effects of positively charged N-(6-aminohexyl)-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (AHAPS)-functionalized SiO2-NP which are promising candidates for delivery systems, including gene delivery into the skin. Here, the effects of such AHAPS-functionalized SiO2-NP (55 ± 6 nm in diameter) were studied in an oxazolone-induced ACD model in SKH1 mice and compared to ACD mice treated with vehicle only. The clinical course of the disease was assessed by monitoring of the transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and the erythema. In histologic and morphometric analyses, the distribution of particles, the degree of inflammation, epidermal thickness, and the inflammatory infiltrate were characterized and quantified by standard and special histological stains as well as immunohistochemistry for CD3+ lymphocytes. To assess possible systemic effects, serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Following administration of AHAPS-SiO2-NP for five consecutive days, no effects were observed in all clinical, histologic, morphometric, and molecular parameters investigated. In conclusion, positively charged AHAPS-SiO2-NP seem not to affect the course of ACD during exposure for 5 days.