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Selective growth inhibition of cancer cells with doxorubicin-loaded CB[7]-modified iron-oxide nanoparticles

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Cucurbit[7]uril-modified iron-oxide nanoparticles (CB[7]NPs) were loaded with doxorubicin hydrochloride (Dox) and tested as a drug delivery system. Dox was found to interact with the carbonyl-rich rims of the CB[7] macrocycles adsorbed on the surface of the nanoparticles. The Dox-loaded nanoparticles (Dox@CB[7]NPs) were stable at room temperature and physiological pH and released their Dox cargo under acidic conditions, in the presence of glutathione, or with heating. Dox@CB[7]NPs reduced the viability of HeLa and three other cancer-derived cell lines in vitro at lower IC50 than free Dox. They were also nontoxic to C. elegans. The sensitivity of HeLa cells to Dox@CB[7]NPs was enhanced when the temperature was elevated by application of an alternating magnetic field. Thus, Dox@CB[7]NPs show promise as agents for the intracellular delivery of Dox to cancer cells, for the selective and controlled release of the drug, and, more generally, as a possible means of combining chemotherapeutic and hyperthermic treatment modalities.

Graphical abstract: Selective growth inhibition of cancer cells with doxorubicin-loaded CB[7]-modified iron-oxide nanoparticles

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The article was received on 05 Mar 2017, accepted on 08 Apr 2017 and first published on 03 May 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7RA02693E
RSC Adv., 2017,7, 23827-23834
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    Selective growth inhibition of cancer cells with doxorubicin-loaded CB[7]-modified iron-oxide nanoparticles

    F. Benyettou, H. Fahs, R. Elkharrag, R. A. Bilbeisi, B. Asma, R. Rezgui, L. Motte, M. Magzoub, J. Brandel, J.-C. Olsen, F. Piano, K. C. Gunsalus, C. Platas-Iglesias and A. Trabolsi, RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 23827
    DOI: 10.1039/C7RA02693E

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