Ya-Ping Li

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Peping, Beijing, China

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Publications (3)26.05 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Combination treatment through simultaneous delivery of two or more drugs with nanoparticles has been demonstrated to be an elegant and efficient approach for cancer therapy. Herein, we employ a combination therapy for eliminating both the bulk tumor cells and the rare cancer stem cells (CSCs) that have a high self-renewal capacity and play a critical role in cancer treatment failure. All-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA), a powerful differentiation agent of cancer stem cells and the clinically widely used chemotherapy agent doxorubicin (DOX) are simultaneously encapsulated in the same nanoparticle by a single emulsion method. It is demonstrated that ATRA and DOX simultaneous delivery-based therapy can efficiently deliver the drugs to both non-CSCs and CSCs to differentiate and kill the cancer cells. Differentiation of CSCs into non-CSCs can reduce their self-renewal capacity and increase their sensitivity to chemotherapy; with the combined therapy, a significantly improved anti-cancer effect is demonstrated. Administration of this combinational drug delivery system can markedly augment the enrichment of drugs both in tumor tissues and cancer stem cells, prodigiously enhancing the suppression of tumor growth while reduce the incidence of CSC in a synergistic manner. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2014 · Biomaterials
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    ABSTRACT: Rationally designed PIC nanoparticles as next-generation delivery system: we have developed a core-shell-corona PIC nanoparticle (⊕) NP/Pt@PPC-DA as a next-generation delivery system. (⊕) NP/Pt@PPC-DA exhibits prolonged circulation and enhanced drug accumulation in tumors. Subsequently, tumor pH leads to the release of (⊕) NP/Pt, which facilitates cellular uptake followed by rapid intracellular cisplatin release. Using this delivery strategy cisplatin-resistant tumor growth in a murine xenograft model has been successfully suppressed.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2014 · Advanced Materials
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    ABSTRACT: Polyphosphoesters with repeating phosphoester linkages in the backbone can be easily functionalized, are biodegradable and potentially biocompatible, and may be potential candidates as polymer carriers of drug conjugates. Here, the efficacy of a polyphosphoester drug conjugate as an anticancer agent in vivo is assessed for the first time. With controlled synthesis, doxorubicin conjugated to poly(ethylene glycol)-block-polyphosphoester (PPEH-DOX) via labile hydrazone bonds form spherical nanoparticles in aqueous solution with an average diameter of ≈60 nm. These nanoparticles are effectively internalized by MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells and release the conjugated doxorubicin in response to the intracellular pH of endosomes and lysosomes, resulting in significant antiproliferative activity in cancer cells. Compared with free doxorubicin injection, PPEH-DOX injection exhibits much longer circulation behavior in the plasma of mice and leads to enhanced drug accumulation in tumor cells. In an MDA-MB-231 xenograft murine model, inhibition of tumor growth with systemic delivery of PPEH-DOX nanoparticles is more pronounced compared with free doxorubicin injection, suggesting the potential of polyphosphoesters as carriers of drug conjugates in cancer therapy.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2014