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Enhanced Chemotherapeutic Efficacy of PLGA-Encapsulated Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) Against Human Lung Cancer

Authors Zhang L, Chen W, Tu G, Chen X, Lu Y, Wu L, Zheng D

Received 24 December 2019

Accepted for publication 25 May 2020

Published 19 June 2020 Volume 2020:15 Pages 4417—4429

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S243657

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Mian Wang


Lingyu Zhang,1,* Wenshu Chen,2,* Guihui Tu,1 Xingyong Chen,2 Youguang Lu,3 Lixian Wu,1 Dali Zheng3

1School of Pharmacy, Fujian Medical University, University Town, Fuzhou 350122, People’s Republic of China; 2Shengli Clinical College, Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou 350001, People’s Republic of China; 3Key Laboratory of Stomatology of Fujian Province, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou, 350004, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence: Dali Zheng
Key Laboratory of Stomatology of Fujian Province, Hospital of Stomatology, Fujian Medical University, 88 Jiaotong Road, Fuzhou 350004, People’s Republic of China
Email dalizheng@fjmu.edu.cn
Lixian Wu
School of Pharmacy, Fujian Medical University, 1 Xueyuan Road, University Town, Fuzhou 350122, People’s Republic of China
Email 18259000966@126.com

Purpose: Currently, the clinical benefits of tea polyphenols have contributed to the development of efficient systemic delivery systems with adequate bioavailability and stability. In this study, we aimed to establish a nanoparticle model to overcome the shortcomings of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in the treatment of lung cancer.
Materials and Methods: Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) loaded with EGCG were prepared by the oil-in-water emulsion solvent evaporation technique. The characteristics of NPs, entrapment efficiency, and in vitro release were systematically evaluated. The cellular uptake, cytotoxic activity, and the effect of the formulation on cellular apoptosis of free-from EGCG and the NPs were compared. The interaction between protein-NF-κB and EGCG was detected by bio-layer interferometry (BLI). NF-κB signaling was evaluated by Western blotting and q-RT-PCR. The efficacy of the optimized nanoformulation was evaluated using a patient-derived tumor xenograft (PDX) model.
Results: EGCG-loaded NPs (175.8± 3.8 nm in size) demonstrated its optimal efficacy, with approximately 86.0% of encapsulation efficiency and 14.2% of loading efficiency. Additionally, EGCG-encapsulated PLGA-NPs offered a 3-4-fold dose advantage compared to free EGCG in terms of exerting antiproliferative effects and inducing apoptosis at lower doses (12.5, 25 μM). Molecular interaction assays demonstrated that EGCG binds to NF-κB with high affnity (KD=4.8× 10− 5 M). EGCG-NPs were more effective at inhibiting NF-κB activation and suppressing the expression of NF-κB-regulated genes than free EGCG. Furthermore, EGCG-NPs showed superior anticancer activity in the PDX model than free EGCG.
Conclusion: These findings indicated that the prepared EGCG-NPs were more effective than free EGCG in inhibiting lung cancer tumors in the PDX model.

Keywords: anticancer, tea polyphenol, nanoparticles, NF-κB

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