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Int J Nanomedicine. 2014 Jan 9;9:437-59. doi: 10.2147/IJN.S49882. eCollection 2014.

Curcumin and 5-fluorouracil-loaded, folate- and transferrin-decorated polymeric magnetic nanoformulation: a synergistic cancer therapeutic approach, accelerated by magnetic hyperthermia.

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1
Bio Nano Electronics Research Center, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary New Science, Toyo University, Kawagoe, Japan.
2
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Sooriya Hospital, Chennai, India.

Abstract

The efficient targeting and therapeutic efficacy of a combination of drugs (curcumin and 5-Fluorouracil [5FU]) and magnetic nanoparticles encapsulated poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles, functionalized with two cancer-specific ligands are discussed in our work. This multifunctional, highly specific nanoconjugate resulted in the superior uptake of nanoparticles by cancer cells. Upon magnetic hyperthermia, we could harness the advantages of incorporating magnetic nanoparticles that synergistically acted with the drugs to destroy cancer cells within a very short period of time. The remarkable multimodal efficacy attained by this therapeutic nanoformulation offers the potential for targeting, imaging, and treatment of cancer within a short period of time (120 minutes) by initiating early and late apoptosis.

KEYWORDS:

5FU; PLGA nanoparticle; curcumin; folate; magnetic hyperthermia; nanotechnology; transferrin

PMID:
24531392
PMCID:
PMC3891567
DOI:
10.2147/IJN.S49882
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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