Cancer Lett. 2013 Jul 10;335(1):191-200.

Octa-arginine-modified pegylated liposomal doxorubicin: an effective treatment strategy for non-small cell lung cancer.

Biswas S, Deshpande PP, Perche F, Dodwadkar NS, Sane SD, Torchilin VP.

Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine, 360 Huntington Avenue, 140 The Fenway, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, USA.



The present study aims to evaluate the efficacy of octa-arginine (R8)-modified pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (R8-PLD) for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, for which the primary treatment modality currently consists of surgery and radiotherapy. Cell-penetrating peptide R8 modification of Doxorubicin-(Dox)-loaded liposomes was performed by post-insertion of an R8-conjugated amphiphilic PEG-PE copolymer (R8-PEG-DOPE) into the liposomal lipid bilayer. In vitro analysis with the non-small cell lung cancer cell line, A549 confirmed the efficient cellular accumulation of Dox, delivered by R8-PLD compared to PLD. It led to the early initiation of apoptosis and a 9-fold higher level of the apoptotic regulator, caspase 3/7 (9.24±0.34) compared to PLD (1.07±0.19) at Dox concentration of 100 μg/mL. The treatment of A549 monolayers with R8-PLD increased the level of cell death marker lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) secretion (1.2±0.1 for PLD and 2.3±0.1 for R8-PLD at Dox concentration of 100 μg/mL) confirming higher cytotoxicity of R8-PLD than PLD, which was ineffective under the same treatment regimen (cell viability 90±6% in PLD vs. 45±2% in R8-PLD after 24h). R8-PLD had significantly higher penetration into the hypoxic A549 tumor spheroids compared to PLD. R8-PLD induced greater level of apoptosis to A549 tumor xenograft and dramatic inhibition of tumor volume and tumor weight reduction. The R8-PLD treated tumor lysate had a elevated caspase 3/7 expression than with R8-PLD treatment. This suggested system improved the delivery efficiency of Dox in selected model of cancer which supports the potential usefulness of R8-PLD in cancer treatment, lung cancer in particular. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

PMID: 23419527

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