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Title: A transferrin-conjugated hollow nanoplatform for redox-controlled and targeted chemotherapy of tumor with reduced inflammatory reactions
Authors: Zhou, Jun
Li, Menghuan
Lim, Wei Qi
Luo, Zhong
Phua, Fiona Soo Zeng
Huo, Runlan
Li, Liqi
Li, Ke
Dai, Liangliang
Liu, Junjie
Cai, Kaiyong
Zhao, Yanli
Keywords: Attenuation Of Inflammation
Hollow Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Zhou, J., Li, M., Lim, W. Q., Luo, Z., Phua, F. S. Z., Huo, R., . . . Zhao, Y. (2018). A Transferrin-Conjugated Hollow Nanoplatform for Redox-Controlled and Targeted Chemotherapy of Tumor with Reduced Inflammatory Reactions. Theranostics, 8(2), 518-532. doi:10.7150/thno.21194
Series/Report no.: Theranostics
Abstract: Purpose: In this study, we report the design, development and evaluation of a hollow drug delivery nanoplatform for cancer therapy in vitro and in vivo. This composite nanosystem was prepared by modifying hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (HMSNs) with transferrin (Tf) targeting moieties via redox-liable linkage, and was capable of delivering therapeutic cargos (doxorubicin) specifically to the tumor site and subsequently releasing them in an on-demand manner. Moreover, the Tf corona could simultaneously reduce the inflammatory response after intravenous administration in vivo. Methods: Nanostructural morphology of the drug delivery system was observed by scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope. The preparation process was monitored primarily using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherm, and thermogravimetric analysis. The release profile in solution was monitored by fluorescence spectroscopy. In vitro drug delivery efficacy was evaluated on MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell line using confocal laser scanning microscopy, MTT assay and flow cytometry. In vitro inflammatory response was evaluated on RAW264.7 macrophage cells. In vivo therapeutic experiments were carried out using in situ mouse breast cancer models. Results: The experimental results evidently demonstrate that the developed nanocarrier could effectively deliver anticancer drugs to the tumor site in a targeted manner and release them in response to the elevated glutathione level inside tumor cells, resulting in improved anticancer efficacy both in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, the Tf conjugation significantly ameliorated the inflammatory reaction triggered by the administration of the nanocarrier. Conclusions: This manuscript demonstrated that the Tf-conjugated HMSNs could enhance the delivery efficiency of anticancer drugs, while simultaneously alleviating the adverse side effects. The current study presents a promising integrated delivery system toward effective and safe cancer treatment.
DOI: 10.7150/thno.21194
Schools: School of Materials Science & Engineering 
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences 
Rights: © 2018 Ivyspring International Publisher. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY-NC) license ( See for full terms and conditions.
Fulltext Permission: open
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