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Photosensitizer-Conjugated Hyaluronic Acid-Shielded Polydopamine Nanoparticles for Targeted Photomediated Tumor Therapy

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posted on 11.03.2016, 00:00 by Jieun Han, Wooram Park, Sin-jung Park, Kun Na
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a widely used clinical option for tumor therapy. However, the clinical utilization of conventional small-molecule photosensitizers (PSs) for PDT has been limited by their low selectivity for disease sites, and undesirable photoactivation. To overcome these limitations, we demonstrated a tumor-specific and photoactivity-controllable nanoparticle photomedicine based on a combination of PS–biomacromolecule conjugates and polydopamine nanoparticles (PD-NP) for an effective tumor therapy. This novel photomedicine consisted of a PD-NP core and a PS-conjugated hyaluronic acid (PS-HA) shell. The PD-NP and the PS-HA play roles as a quencher for PSs and a cancer targeting moiety, respectively. The synthesized PS-HA-shielded PD-NPs (PHPD-NPs) had a relatively narrow size distribution (approximately 130 nm) with uniform spherical shapes. In response to cancer-specific intracellular enzymes (e.g., hyaluronidase), the PHPD-NPs exhibited an excellent singlet oxygen generation capacity for PDT. Furthermore, an efficient photothermal conversion ability for photothermal therapy (PTT) was also shown in the PHPD-NPs system. These properties provide superior therapeutic efficacy against cancer cells. In mice tumor model, the photoactive restorative effects of the PHPD-NPs were much higher in cancer microenvironments compared to that in the normal tissue. As a result, the PHPD-NPs showed a significant antitumor activity in in vivo mice tumor model. The nanoparticle photomedicine design is a novel strategy for effective tumor therapy.