[Advanced Healthcare Materials]Microfluidic Encapsulation of Prickly Zinc-Doped Copper Oxide Nanopar
Structural features of nanoparticles have recently been explored for different types of applications. To explore specific particles as nanomedicine and physically destroy cancer is interesting, which might avoid many obstacles in cancer treatment, for example, drug resistance. However, one key element and technical challenge of those systems is to selectively target them to cancer cells. As a proof-of-concept, Prickly zinc-doped copper oxide (Zn–CuO) nanoparticles (Prickly NPs) have been synthesized, and subsequently encapsulated in a pH-responsive polymer; and the surface has been modified with a novel synthesized ligand, 3-(cyclooctylamino)-2,5,6-trifluoro-4-[(2-hydroxyethyl)sulfonyl] benzenesulfonamide (VD1142). The Prickly NPs exhibit very effective cancer cell antiproliferative capability. Moreover, the polymer encapsulation shields the Prickly NPs from unspecific nanopiercing and, most importantly, VD1142 endows the engineered NPs to specifically target to the carbonic anhydrase IX, a transmembrane protein overexpressed in a wide variety of cancer tumors. Intracellularly, the Prickly NPs disintegrate into small pieces that upon endosomal escape cause severe damage to the endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria of the cells. The engineered Prickly NP is promising in efficient and targeted cancer treatment and it opens new avenue in nanomedication.
Hongbo Zhang, Dongfei Liu, Liang Wang, Zehua Liu, Runrun Wu, Agne Janoniene, Ming Ma, Guoqing Pan, Lina Baranauskiene, Linlin Zhang, Wenguo Cui, Vilma Petrikaite, Daumantas Matulis, Hongxia Zhao, Jianming Pan, Hélder A. Santos
DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201601406 refers to: "Microfluidic Encapsulation of Prickly Zinc-Doped Copper Oxide Nanoparticles with VD1142 Modified Spermine Acetalated Dextran for Efficient Cancer Therapy", Hongbo Zhang; Advanced Healthcare Materials:1601406- (2017)