A Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS)-Responsive Polymer for Safe, Efficient, and Targeted Gene Delivery in Cancer Cells

ArticleinAngewandte Chemie International Edition 52(27) · July 2013with83 Reads
Impact Factor: 11.26 · DOI: 10.1002/anie.201209633 · Source: PubMed

Stimuli-responsive release: The high levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in prostate cancer cells can be exploited to trigger cancer-targeted gene delivery. A ROS-responsive thioketal-based cationic polymer was synthesized and functionalization with a cancer-targeting peptide led to selective and enhanced gene transfection in prostate cancer cells.

    • "Reactive oxygen species (ROS) plays an indispensable role in a wide variety of biological processes [1e4]. For example, recent studies reported that cancer cells constantly generate high levels of intracellular ROS, due to oncogenic transformation [5]. Among the various ROS, hypochlorous acid (HClO) is a powerful microbicidal agent in the innate immune system for its strong oxidizing property . "
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    • "Stimuli-triggered delivery of anticancer drugs [1e3] is mainly focused on the applications of the tumor microenvironmental or cellular physiological characteristics including higher temperature [4,5], lower pH [6e8], higher redox potential [9e11], enzyme overexpression [12,13] and higher level of reactive oxygen species [14,15] to promote the release of drugs at the target site for cancer treatment. Numerous nanocarriers integrating with the responsive elements, such as liposomes, polymeric nanoparticles, protein/DNA nanostructures and inorganic nanovehicles, have been widely exploited to achieve controlled release of their cargoes within the tumor tissues or cells [16e22]. "
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