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ACS Nano. 2019 Jun 25;13(6):6383-6395. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.8b06542. Epub 2019 May 17.

Biocompatible Nanoclusters with High Heating Efficiency for Systemically Delivered Magnetic Hyperthermia.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy , Oregon State University , Portland , Oregon 97201 , United States.
Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy , Najran University , Najran , Kingdom of Saudia Arabia.
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science , Oregon State University , Corvallis , Oregon 97331 , United States.


Despite its promising therapeutic potential, nanoparticle-mediated magnetic hyperthermia is currently limited to the treatment of localized and relatively accessible cancer tumors because the required therapeutic temperatures above 40 °C can only be achieved by direct intratumoral injection of conventional iron oxide nanoparticles. To realize the true potential of magnetic hyperthermia for cancer treatment, there is an unmet need for nanoparticles with high heating capacity that can efficiently accumulate at tumor sites following systemic administration and generate desirable intratumoral temperatures upon exposure to an alternating magnetic field (AMF). Although there have been many attempts to develop the desired nanoparticles, reported animal studies reveal the challenges associated with reaching therapeutically relevant intratumoral temperatures following systemic administration at clinically relevant doses. Therefore, we developed efficient magnetic nanoclusters with enhanced heating efficiency for systemically delivered magnetic hyperthermia that are composed of cobalt- and manganese-doped, hexagon-shaped iron oxide nanoparticles (CoMn-IONP) encapsulated in biocompatible PEG-PCL (poly(ethylene glycol)- b-poly(ε-caprolactone))-based nanocarriers. Animal studies validated that the developed nanoclusters are nontoxic, efficiently accumulate in ovarian cancer tumors following a single intravenous injection, and elevate intratumoral temperature up to 44 °C upon exposure to safe and tolerable AMF. Moreover, the obtained results confirmed the efficiency of the nanoclusters to generate the required intratumoral temperature after repeated injections and demonstrated that nanocluster-mediated magnetic hyperthermia significantly inhibits cancer growth. In summary, this nanoplatform is a milestone in the development of systemically delivered magnetic hyperthermia for the treatment of cancer tumors that are difficult to access for intratumoral injection.


magnetic hyperthermia; magnetic nanoparticles; nanoclusters; systemic delivery

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