Engineering Bio-MOF/polydopamine as a biocompatible targeted theranostic system for synergistic multi-drug chemo-photothermal therapy

Int J Pharm. 2022 Jun 13;623:121912. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2022.121912. Online ahead of print.


In this study, a biodegradable multifunctional photothermal drug delivery nanoparticles (MPH NPs) using curcumin (Cur) as the ligand coated with hyaluronic acid (HA) was successfully prepared, which could simultaneously deliver Cur and doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX·HCl) to overcome the common drug resistance in cancer cells. Polydopamine (PDA) as a protective shell prevents premature degradation of Cur in physiological environment and enables it to play effective medicinal value. MPH NPs can specifically recognize CD44 receptors on the surface of cancer cells for tumor targeting, with the damage of the partially released DOX to the superficial tumor cells, and then the positively charged Cur released may gradually penetrate into the cells through electron interaction to improve the problem of low permeability. In vitro cell experiments showed that hydrophobic/hydrophilic drugs co-loaded MPDH (MPH loaded with DOX·HCl) could enter the cancer cells through the endocytosis mediated by clathrin / caveolin, and the inhibition rate of MPDH on HeLa cells reached 79.28 % irradiation under 808 nm laser. MPH were composed of safe materials that have been proven to be biodegradable in human body, which avoided the disadvantages that NPs were difficult to discharge and caused damage to normal organs during long-term use.

Keywords: Biodegradable; Dual-drug chemical therapy; Metal-organic framework; Photothermal therapy.