Daunorubicin-loaded magnetic nanoparticles of Fe3O4 overcome multidrug resistance and induce apoptosis of K562-n/VCR cells in vivo.

Department of Hematology.
International Journal of Nanomedicine (Impact Factor: 4.2). 01/2009; 4:201-8.
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ABSTRACT Multidrug resistance (MDR) is a major obstacle to cancer chemotherapy. We evaluated the effect of daunorubicin (DNR)-loaded magnetic nanoparticles of Fe3O4 (MNPs-Fe3O4) on K562-n/VCR cells in vivo. K562-n and its MDR counterpart K562-n/VCR cell were inoculated into nude mice subcutaneously. The mice were randomly divided into four groups: group A received normal saline, group B received DNR, group C received MNPs-Fe3O4, and group D received DNR-loaded MNPs-Fe3O4. For K562-n/VCR tumor, the weight was markedly lower in group D than that in groups A, B, and C. The transcriptions of Mdr-1 and Bcl-2 gene were significantly lower in group D than those in groups A, B, and C. The expression of Bcl-2 was lower in group D than those in groups A, B, and C, but there was no difference in the expression of P-glycoprotein. The transcriptions and expressions of Bax and caspase-3 in group D were increased significantly when compared with groups A, B, and C. In conclusion, DNR-loaded MNPs-Fe3O4 can overcome MDR in vivo.

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