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Small. 2018 Aug;14(35):e1800708. doi: 10.1002/smll.201800708. Epub 2018 Aug 1.

Magnesium-Engineered Silica Framework for pH-Accelerated Biodegradation and DNAzyme-Triggered Chemotherapy.

Yu L1,2, Chen Y1, Lin H1,2, Gao S1,2, Chen H1, Shi J1.

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State Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructures, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, 200050, P. R. China.
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100049, P. R. China.


Inorganic nanocarriers have shown their high performance in disease theranostics in preclinical animal models and further great prospects for clinical translation. However, their dissatisfactory biodegradability and pre-drug leakage with nonspecificity to lesion sites significantly hinders the possible clinical translation. To solve these two critical issues, a framework-engineering strategy is introduced to simultaneously achieve enhanced biodegradability and controllable drug releasing, based on the mostly explored mesoporous silica-based nanosystems. The framework of mesoporous silica is engineered by direct Mg doping via a generic dissolution and regrowth approach, and it can transform into the easy biodegradation of magnesium silicate nanocarriers with simultaneous on-demand drug release. Such magnesium silicate nanocarriers can respond to the mild acidic environment of tumor tissue, causing the fast breaking up and biodegradation of the silica framework. More interesting, the released Mg2+ can further activate Mg2+ -dependent DNAzyme on the surface of hollow mesoporous magnesium silicate nanoparticles (HMMSNs) to cleave the RNA-based gatekeeper, which further accelerates the release of loaded anticancer drugs. Therefore, enhanced anticancer efficiency of chemotherapeutic drugs assisted by the biodegradable intelligent HMMSNs is achieved. The high biocompatibility of nanocarriers and biodegradation products is demonstrated and can be easily excreted via feces and urine guaranteeing their further clinical translation.


DNAzyme; biodegradability; cancer therapy; controllable drug release; mesoporous silica


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