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IONP-doped nanoparticles for highly effective NIR-controlled drug release and combination tumor therapy

Authors Fu X, Wang X, Zhou S, Zhang Y

Received 31 May 2016

Accepted for publication 5 September 2016

Published 16 May 2017 Volume 2017:12 Pages 3751—3766


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Lei Yang

Xudong Fu,1 Xinjun Wang,1 Shaolong Zhou,1 Yanyan Zhang2

1The Fifth Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, 2School of Basic Medical Sciences, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, People’s Republic of China

Abstract: Despite advances in controlled drug delivery, drug delivery systems (DDSs) with controlled activated drug release and high spatial and temporal resolution are still required. Theranostic nanomedicine is capable of diagnosis, therapy, and monitoring the delivery and distribution of drug molecules and has received growing interest. In this study, a near-infrared light-controlled “off–on” DDS with magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic targeting properties was developed using a hybrid nanoplatform (carbon nanotubes [CNTs]-iron oxide nanoparticle). Doxorubicin (DOX) and distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-PEG were adsorbed onto CNTs-iron oxide nanoparticle, and then to avoid the unexpected drug release during circulation, 1-myristyl alcohol was used to encapsulate the CNTs–drug complex. Herein, multifunctional DOX-loaded nanoparticles (NPs) with “off–on” state were developed. DOX-NPs showed an obvious “off–on” effect (temperature increase, drug release) controlled by near-infrared light in vitro and in vivo. In the in vivo and in vitro studies, DOX-NPs exhibited excellent magnetic resonance imaging ability, magnetic targeting property, high biosafety, and high antitumor combined therapeutic efficacy (hyperthermia combined with chemotherapy). These results highlight the great potential of DOX-NPs in the treatment of cancer.

Keywords: controlled drug release, magnetic targeting, MRI, combination therapy

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