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Journal of controlled release : official journal of the Controlled Release Society

Plasma membrane activatable polymeric nanotheranostics with self-enhanced light-triggered photosensitizer cellular influx for photodynamic cancer therapy.


PMID 28442408

Abstract

To address the issue of low cellular uptake of photosensitizers by cancer cells in photodynamic therapy (PDT), we designed a smart plasma membrane-activatable polymeric nanodrug by conjugating the photosensitizer protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) with glycol chitosan (GC). The as-prepared GC-PEG-PpIX can self-assemble into core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) in aqueous solution and the fluorescence of PpIX moieties in the inner core is highly quenched due to strong π-π stacking. Interestingly, when encountering plasma membranes, the GC-PEG-PpIX NPs can disassemble and stably attach to plasma membranes due to the membrane affinity of PpIX moieties, which effectively suppresses the self-quenching of PpIX, leading to significantly enhanced fluorescence and singlet oxygen (

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