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Oxygen self-sufficient NIR-activatable liposomes for tumor hypoxia regulation and photodynamic therapy

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Abstract

The inherent hypoxic environment in tumors severely resists the efficacy of photodynamic therapy. To address this problem, herein, the strategy of using oxygen self-sufficient liposomes (denoted as CaO2/B1/NH4HCO3 lipo), which contained aza-BODIPY dye (B1) and CaO2 nanoparticles in the hydrophobic layer and NH4HCO3 in the hydrophilic cavity, was presented to overcome hypoxia-associated photodynamic resistance. Under near-infrared (NIR) irradiation, NIR-absorbable B1 was activated to induce hyperthermia and further triggered the decomposition of NH4HCO3. Subsequently, with the aid of NH4HCO3 and CaO2 nanoparticles, oxygen was rapidly and self-sufficiently generated, during which clean by-products were produced. Furthermore, the increased amount of oxygen promoted the singlet oxygen production in the presence of B1, which served as a photosensitizer because of the heavy atom effect. The oxygen self-sufficient system improved the anticancer efficiency and alleviated the hypoxic environment in vivo, which demonstrated a valuable attempt to regulate intratumoral hypoxia and overcome the limitation of current photodynamic therapy systems. To our knowledge, this highlights the first example of using NIR light to activate CaO2 nanoparticle-containing liposomes for the modulation of the hypoxic environment in tumors.

Graphical abstract: Oxygen self-sufficient NIR-activatable liposomes for tumor hypoxia regulation and photodynamic therapy

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The article was received on 27 Jun 2019, accepted on 01 Aug 2019 and first published on 08 Aug 2019


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9SC03161H
Chem. Sci., 2019, Advance Article
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    Oxygen self-sufficient NIR-activatable liposomes for tumor hypoxia regulation and photodynamic therapy

    Q. Yu, T. Huang, C. Liu, M. Zhao, M. Xie, G. Li, S. Liu, W. Huang and Q. Zhao, Chem. Sci., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9SC03161H

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