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

Abstract : 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.
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Swati Biswas, Pranali Deshpande, Federico Perche, Namita Dodwadkar, Shailendra Sane, et al.. Octa-arginine-modified pegylated liposomal doxorubicin: An effective treatment strategy for non-small cell lung cancer. Cancer Letters, Elsevier, 2013, 335 (1), pp.191-200. ⟨10.1016/j.canlet.2013.02.020⟩. ⟨hal-02130808⟩

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