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Curr Drug Deliv. 2019;16(2):171-178. doi: 10.2174/1567201815666181017094003.

The Superior Antitumor Effect of Self-Assembled Paclitaxel Nanofilaments for Lung Cancer Cells.

He M1, Zhu J1,2, Yu N3, Kong H1, Zeng X1, Xie W1, Xu H1,4.

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Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, 300 Guangzhou Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210029, China.
Department of Pain, Nanjing Medical University Affiliated Cancer Hospital, Jiangsu Cancer Hospital, Jiangsu Institute of Cancer Research, Baiziting No.42, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210009, China.
Department of Geriatrics, the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, 300 Guangzhou Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu, 210029, China.
School of Pharmacy, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China.



Paclitaxel (Ptx) has been regarded as one of the most effective chemotherapeutic drugs for lung cancers. Increasing studies focused on the nano-delivery system of Ptx due to its poor solubility and hypersensitivity. The aim of the recent study was to investigate the antitumor effects of self-assembled Ptx nano-filaments for lung cancer cells.


In the present study, we designed and synthesized novel Ptx-loaded nano-filaments through conjugation of Ptx and succinic acid (SA) (Ptx-SA, P-NFs). Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) A549 and H460 cells were used for detecting the antitumor effects of P-NFs, including cytotoxicity, apoptosis, and migration. Western blotting was performed for analyzing mechanism.


P-NFs nano-filaments exerted superior antitumor effects against NSCLC cells compared with free Ptx using cytotoxicity tests. Furthermore, P-NFs nano-filaments were much more effective in inducing NSCLC cells apoptosis and inhibiting A549 cells migration than free Ptx. To elucidate the underlying mechanisms, the expression of apoptotic and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress proteins was detected. The results indicated that P-NFs nano-filaments enhanced the expression of bax/bcl-2, protein kinase RNA-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase (PERK), inositol-requiring enzyme 1α (IRE1α), phospho- c-Jun N-terminal kinase (p-JNK), and C/EPB homologous protein (CHOP), which suggested that the strong antitumor effect of P-NFs nano-filaments may be partially attributed to the activation ER stress.


The current work demonstrated that P-NFs nano-filaments showed superior cytotoxicity of lung cancer cells, highlighting a novel profile of nano-filaments delivery systems as potential strategies for facilitating the therapeutic efficacy of Ptx in lung cancer treatment.


Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) stress; Lung cancer; apoptosis; migration; nano-filaments; paclitaxel.

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