Two-dimensional metal-organic-framework as a unique theranostic nano-platform for nuclear imaging and chemo-photodynamic cancer therapy

  • Wenjun Zhu
  • Yu Yang
  • Qiutong Jin
  • Yu Chao
  • Longlong Tian
  • Jingjing Liu
  • Ziliang Dong
  • Zhuang Liu
Research Article


Nanoscale metal organic frameworks (NMOFs) with porous structure and inherent biodegradability are attractive nanomedicine platforms. In addition to conventional particulate NMOFs, two-dimensional (2D) NMOFs are emerging as a unique type of NMOFs which however have been relatively less explored for nanomedicine applications. Herein, 2D-NMOFs composed of Zn2+ and tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl) porphyrin (TCPP) are fabricated and functionalized with polyethylene glycol (PEG). Compared to their particulate counterpart, such 2D-NMOFs show greatly increased drug loading capacity and enhanced light-triggered singlet oxygen production, promising for chemotherapy and photodynamic therapy (PDT), respectively. Utilizing the porphyrin structure of TCPP, our 2D-NMOFs could be labeled with a diagnostic radioisotope, 99mTc, for single photon emission computer tomography (SPECT) imaging, which reveals efficient tumor homing of those 2D-NMOFs upon intravenous injection. While offering a remarkable synergistic in vivo antitumor effect for the combined chemo-PDT, such 2D-NMOFs show efficient biodegradation and rapid renal clearance. Our work presents the great promise of 2D-NMOFs for nanomedicine applications.


nanoscale metal-organic-framework two-dimensional nanosheets drug delivery photodynamic therapy combination therapy 


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This work was partially supported by the National Research Programs from Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China (No. 2016YFA0201200), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51525203 and 51761145041), Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, and a Project Funded by the Priority Academic Program Development (PAPD) of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions.

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Two-dimensional metal-organic-framework as a unique theranostic nano-platform for nuclear imaging and chemo-photodynamic cancer therapy


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wenjun Zhu
    • 1
  • Yu Yang
    • 2
  • Qiutong Jin
    • 1
  • Yu Chao
    • 1
  • Longlong Tian
    • 1
  • Jingjing Liu
    • 1
  • Ziliang Dong
    • 1
  • Zhuang Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-based Functional Materials and DevicesSoochow UniversitySuzhouChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Institute of Chinese Medical SciencesUniversity of MacauTaipa, MacauChina

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