Organelle-targeted nanocarriers: Specific delivery of liposomal ceramide to mitochondria enhances its cytotoxicity in vitro and in vivo

Boddapati S. V., D'Souza G. G. M., Erdogan S., Torchilin V. P., Weissig V.

NANO LETTERS, vol.8, no.8, pp.2559-2563, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/nl801908y
  • Journal Name: NANO LETTERS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2559-2563
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


To further increase the therapeutic activity of drugs known to act on intracellular target sites, in vivo drug delivery approaches must actively mediate the specific delivery of drug molecules to the subcellular site of action. We show here that surface modification of nanocarriers with mitochondriotropic triphenylphosphonium cations facilitates the efficient subcellular delivery of a model drug to mitochondria of mammalian cells and improves its activity in vitro and in vivo.