Ce6/Mn2+-chelated polydopamine@black-TiO2 nanoprobes for enhanced synergistic phototherapy and magnetic resonance imaging in 4T1 breast cancer†
Black titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles have attracted great attention due to their application in photothermal therapy (PTT). However, single-mode phototherapy has the risk of recurrence, and the high-dose laser usually imposed to improve the PTT performance can bring a potential threat to security. Here, polydopamine (PDA)-coated black TiO2 (b-P25@PDA) nanoparticles with a core–shell structure were synthesized for enhanced PTT; then, synergistic phototherapy nanoprobes (b-P25@PDA-Ce6 (Mn)) were constructed by coupling chlorin e6 (Ce6) and chelating Mn2+ for simultaneous photodynamic therapy (PDT)/PTT and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, in which a low-dose laser was used and imaging-guided phototherapy with high efficiency and high safety was achieved. The prepared nanoprobes showed high photothermal conversion efficiency (32.12%), high reactive oxygen generation and excellent MR imaging. In the 4T1 tumor-bearing nude mouse model, the tumors completely disappeared under the combination of PDT/PTT with a low-dose laser but were only partially inhibited by single PDT and single PTT. The current work developed a multifunctional black TiO2-based nanoprobe for enhanced synergistic PDT/PTT and MR imaging, which will be important for the safe and efficient visualized theranostics of cancers.