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Zwitterionic Temperature/Redox-Sensitive Nanogels for Near-Infrared Light-Triggered Synergistic Thermo-Chemotherapy

Zwitterionic Temperature/Redox-Sensitive Nanogels for Near-Infrared Light-Triggered Synergistic Thermo-Chemotherapy
Nana Bie, Fuying Li, Qingbo Xu, Tuying Yong, Qin Wang, Lu Gan, Xiangliang Yang, Hao Yang
Ideal anticancer nano drug delivery systems (NDDSs) need to overcome a series of physiological barriers including blood circulation, tumor accumulation, tumor penetration, internalization by cancer cells, lysosomal escape, and on-demand intracellular drug release following systemic administration. However, it remains a big challenge to construct NDDSs that can overcome all the barriers at the same time. Here, we develop zwitterionic temperature/redox-sensitive nanogels loaded with near-infrared (NIR) dye Indocyanine green (ICG) and anticancer drug doxorubicin (I/D@NG). I/D@NG exhibits enhanced photothermal effects, and NIR irradiation markedly decreases its diameter. NIR irradiation at tumor sites significantly enhances tumor accumulation, tumor penetration, and cellular uptake of I/D@NG with prolonged blood circulation time. Furthermore, I/D@NG can effectively escape from lysosomes by singlet oxygen-induced lysosomal disruption, and DOX is then sufficiently released from the nanogels to the nucleus in response to high intracellular GSH and photothermal effects. This nanoplatform for thermo-chemotherapy not only efficiently exerts synergistic cytotoxicity but also overcomes all the physiological barriers of therapeutic agent, thereby providing a substantial in vivo anticancer effect. The multiple functions of I/D@NG provide new insights into designing nanoplatforms for synergistic cancer therapy.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b08047

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b08047

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