(196w) Layer-By-Layer Coated Microneedle Arrays for Staged Multi-Agent Immune Attack on Melanoma
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm
A microneedle platform for effective gene delivery is designed, with an effective release polymer that assists LbL film construction and implantation upon application in the skin. The DNA and/or RNA therapeutic cargos will be engineered with functional proteins and polymer scaffolds to enhance expression. This application seeks to achieve a staged release of melanoma cancer vaccines in order to activate a robust immune response; through direct insertion of microneedles into the dermis at or near the melanoma tumor site, a combination of tumor antigen present at the site and encapsulated nucleic acid encoding for tumor antigens can be released, with co-delivery of adjuvants that upregulate dendritic cell antigen uptake ability and antibodies that block tumor immunosuppression.