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Arginine, glycine, aspartic acid peptide-modified paclitaxel and curcumin co-loaded liposome for the treatment of lung cancer: in vitro/vivo evaluation

Authors Jiang K, Shen M, Xu W

Received 22 November 2017

Accepted for publication 16 March 2018

Published 27 April 2018 Volume 2018:13 Pages 2561—2569


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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Govarthanan Muthusamy

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Linlin Sun

Kanqiu Jiang,* Mingjing Shen,* Weihua Xu

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Purpose: In this study, a novel arginine, glycine, aspartic acid peptide (RGD)-modified paclitaxel and curcumin co-loaded liposomes were developed to evaluate their antitumor activity in vitro and in vivo.
Materials and methods: Co-loaded liposomes were prepared using the solvent evaporation method. The particles had spherical shapes under electron microscopy with sizes <130 nm.
By comparison with the free drug, RGD-modified paclitaxel and curcumin co-loaded liposomes and paclitaxel and curcumin co-loaded liposomes have sustained-release properties in vitro. In vivo, there was no significant difference in pharmacokinetic parameters between the RGD-modified paclitaxel and curcumin co-loaded liposomes and paclitaxel and curcumin co-loaded liposomes. A strong green fluorescence was observed in the cytoplasmic region after incubation of RGD-modified paclitaxel and curcumin co-loaded liposomes for 2 h. RGD-modified paclitaxel and curcumin co-loaded liposomes showed a superior antiproliferative effect on A549 cells with a possible mechanism that suppressed the multidrug resistance phenomenon and exhibited a clear synergistic effect.
Conclusion: The results indicate that RGD-modified paclitaxel and curcumin co-loaded liposomes had a better antitumor effect in vivo than the non-modified LPs. These results indicate that RGD-modified co-loaded liposomes are a promising candidate for antitumor drug delivery.

Keywords: arginine, glycine, aspartic acid peptide, paclitaxel, curcumin, liposome, cell uptake, cytotoxicity study, in vivo anti-tumor study

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