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Synergistic anti-glioma effect of a coloaded nano-drug delivery system

Authors Xu H, Jia F, Singh PK, Ruan S, Zhang H, Li X

Received 4 July 2016

Accepted for publication 19 September 2016

Published 16 December 2016 Volume 2017:12 Pages 29—40


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Linlin Sun

Huae Xu,1,* Feng Jia,2,* Pankaj Kumar Singh,3 Shu Ruan,4 Hao Zhang,5,* Xiaolin Li5

1Department of Pharmacy, The First Affiliated Hospital with Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, 2Department of Neurosurgery, Yancheng City No 1 People’s Hospital, The Fourth Affiliated Hospital of Nantong Medical College, Yancheng, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA; 4Department of Endocrinology, Yancheng Third Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Southeast University Medical College, Yancheng, 5Department of Geriatrics, The First Affiliated Hospital with Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: The anti-glioma effect of temozolomide (Tem) is sometimes undermined by the emerging resistance. Recently, resveratrol (Res), herbal medicine extracted from grape seeds, has been demonstrated for its potential use in chemosensitization. In the current study, both these drugs were loaded simultaneously into nanoparticles with methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly epsilon caprolactone (mPEG-PCL) as drug carriers in order to achieve better antitumor efficiency. Tem/Res-coloaded mPEG-PCL nanoparticles were constructed, characterized, and tested for antitumor effect on glioma cells by using in vitro and xenograft model system. The nanoparticle constructs were satisfactory with drug loading content (Res =~12.4%; Tem =~9.3%) and encapsulation capacity of >85% for both the drugs. In addition, the coencapsulation led to better in vitro stability of the nanoparticles than Tem-loaded nanoparticles. An in vitro uptake study demonstrated a high uptake efficiency of the nanoparticles by glioma cells. The synergistic antitumor effect against glioma cells was observed in the combinational treatment of Res and Tem. Tem/Res-coloaded nanoparticles induced higher apoptosis in U87 glioma cells as compared to cells treated by the combination of free drugs. Tem/Res-coloaded particles caused more effective inhibition of phosphor-Akt, leading to upregulation of the downstream apoptotic proteins. In addition, the in vivo study showed the superior tumor delaying effect of coloaded nanoparticles than that of free drug combination. These results suggest that Tem/Res-coloaded nanoparticles could be a potential useful chemotherapeutic formulation for glioma therapy.

Keywords: resveratrol, temozolomide, synergy, mPEG-PCL, polymeric, drug delivery

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