Polymeric Prodrug Grafted Hollow Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles Encapsulating Near-Infrared Absorbing Dye for Potent Combined Photothermal-Chemotherapy

Yuanyuan Zhang, Chung Yen Ang, Menghuan Li, Si Yu Tan, Qiuyu Qu, Yanli Zhao
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2016 March 23, 8 (11): 6869-79
In this study, polymeric prodrug coated hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (HMSNs) with encapsulated near-infrared (NIR) absorbing dye were prepared and explored for combined photothermal-chemotherapy. A copolymer integrated with tert-butoxycarbonyl protected hydrazide groups and oligoethylene glycols was initially grafted on the surface of HMSNs via reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerization followed by the deprotection to reactivate the hydrazide groups for the conjugation of anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX). DOX was covalently bound onto the polymer substrate by acid-labile hydrazone bond and released quickly in weak acidic environment for chemotherapy. The hollow cavity of HMSNs was loaded with an NIR absorbing dye IR825 to form the final multifunctional hybrid denoted as HMSNs-DOX/IR825. The hybrid exhibited good dispersity and stability as well as high light-to-heat conversion efficiency. As revealed by confocal microscopy and flow cytometry analysis, the hybrid was efficiently taken up by cancer cells, and the conjugated DOX could be released under the cellular environment. In vitro cytotoxicity study demonstrated that anticancer activity of HMSNs-DOX/IR825 could be significantly improved by the NIR irradiation, which led to a satisfactory therapeutic efficacy through the combination treatment. Thus, the developed hybrid could be a promising candidate for the combined photothermal-chemotherapy of cancer.

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