Efficient co-delivery of a Pt(iv) prodrug and a p53 activator to enhance the anticancer activity of cisplatin†
A nanoplatform targeting DNA and p53 simultaneously is assembled. Layered double hydroxide nanoparticles are co-loaded with a Pt(IV) prodrug and a p53 activator. Once inside cells, cisplatin is released to attack genomic DNA and kill cancer cells; simultaneously, the p53 activator results in active p53, a key protein involved in the apoptotic pathways initiated by platinum drugs. The anticancer efficacy of cisplatin is significantly improved through this synergistic application.