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Chloroquine-Containing HPMA Copolymers as Polymeric Inhibitors of Cancer Cell Migration Mediated by the CXCR4/SDF‑1 Chemokine Axis

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posted on 17.02.2016, 00:00 by Fei Yu, Ying Xie, Yan Wang, Zheng-Hong Peng, Jing Li, David Oupický
Chloroquine-containing HPMA copolymers (pCQs) were synthesized for the first time by copolymerization of methacryloylated hydroxychloroquine and HPMA. The copolymers showed lower cytotoxicity when compared with hydroxychloroquine. Treatment of cancer cells with pCQ resulted in decreased surface expression of chemokine receptor CXCR4. The pCQ copolymers showed effective inhibition of CXCR4/SDF1-mediated cancer cell migration that was fully comparable with a commercial small-molecule CXCR4 antagonist AMD3100. The reported pCQ represent unique and simple polymeric drugs with potential use as part of a combination antimetastatic therapies.

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