Multifunctional Nanoplatform Based on pH-responsive Micelle Coated with Discontinuous Gold Shell for Cancer Photothermo-chemotherapy and Photoacoustic Tomography


Photothermo-chemotherapy, as a new strategy for cancer treatment, incorporates the complementary advantages of photothermal therapy and chemotherapy. In this study, a pH-sensitive diblock copolymer poly(aspartic acid-butanediamine)-poly(2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PAsp(DAB)-PDPA) was synthesized and self-assembled into doxorubicin-loaded micelle, which was further used as a template to form a gold nanoshell. After further modification with poly(ethylene glycol), the resulting nanoplatform provided good biocompatibility and desirable photo-thermal conversion efficiency to facilitate photothermal therapy. Meanwhile the nanoparticle also exhibited pH sensitivity, which prevented drug loss while circulating in the blood but enabled rapid drug release after endocytosis. An improved effect was achieved with the combination of photothermal therapy and chemotherapy. In addition, systemic delivery of the nanoplatform could be monitored by photoacoustic tomography. Thereby, this multifunctional nanoplatform would be highly potential for the diagnosis and therapy of cancer.

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This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. U1401242), National Basic Research Program of China (No. 2015CB755500), Natural Science Foundation of the Guangdong Province (No. 2014A030312018) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Nos. 17lgjc01 and 17lgpy08).

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Huang, Y., Li, X., Zhang, L. et al. Multifunctional Nanoplatform Based on pH-responsive Micelle Coated with Discontinuous Gold Shell for Cancer Photothermo-chemotherapy and Photoacoustic Tomography. Chin J Polym Sci 36, 1139–1149 (2018).

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  • Gold nanoshell
  • Photoacoustic tomography
  • Photothermo-chemotherapy
  • pH-sensitive micelle