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Oncotarget. 2018 Jun 1;9(42):26605-26615. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.24902. eCollection 2018 Jun 1.

Selection of a novel CD19 aptamer for targeted delivery of doxorubicin to lymphoma cells.

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Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100005, China.
Contributed equally


CD19 is overexpressed in most human B cell malignancies and considered an important tumor marker for diagnosis and treatment. Aptamers are oligonucleotides that may potentially serve as tumor-homing ligand for targeted cancer therapy with excellent affinity and specificity. In this study, we selected a novel CD19 aptamer (LC1) that was a 59-nucleotide single strand DNA. The aptamer could bind to recombinant CD19 protein with a Kd of 85.4 nM, and had minimal cross reactivity to bovine serum albumin (BSA) or ovalbumin (OVA). Moreover, the aptamer was found capable of binding with the CD19-positive lymphoma cells (Ramos and Raji), but not the CD19-negative cell lines (Jurkat and NB4). An aptamer-doxorubicin complex (Apt-Dox) was also formulated, and selectively delivered doxorubicin to CD19-positive lymphoma cells in vitro. The results indicate that aptamer LC1 can recognize CD19-positive tumor cells and may potentially function as a CD19-targeting ligand.


CD19; aptamer; lymphoma; targeted therapy

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CONFLICTS OF INTEREST The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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