Send to

Choose Destination
Anal Chem. 2016 Jun 21;88(12):6450-6. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.6b01135. Epub 2016 Jun 3.

A Glutathione (GSH)-Responsive Near-Infrared (NIR) Theranostic Prodrug for Cancer Therapy and Imaging.

Author information

College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Collaborative Innovation Center of Functionalized Probes for Chemical Imaging in Universities of Shandong, Key Laboratory of Molecular and Nano Probes, Ministry of Education, Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Clean Production of Fine Chemicals, Shandong Normal University , Jinan 250014, People's Republic of China.


To reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, nontoxic prodrugs activated by the tumor microenvironment are urgently required for use in cancer treatment. In this work, we developed prodrug 4 for tumor-targeting treatment and imaging of the anticancer drug release in vivo. Taking advantage of the high glutathione (GSH) concentration in cancer cells, the disulfide bond in prodrug 4 was cleaved, resulting in the release of an active anticancer drug and a near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence dye turn-on. Furthermore, contrast to the free anticancer drug, the prodrug exhibited higher cytotoxicity to hepatoma cells than that to normal HL-7702 cells. Thus, prodrug 4 is a promising platform for specific tumor-activatable drug delivery system, because of its favorable features of in situ and in vivo monitoring of the drug release and therapeutic efficacy.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for American Chemical Society
Loading ...
Support Center