Photothermally Modulatable and Structurally Disintegratable Sub-8-nm Au1Ag9Embedded Nanoblocks for Combination Cancer Therapy Produced by Plug-in Assembly

Kishwor Poudel, Sungjae Park, Jungho Hwang, Sae Kwang Ku, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim, Jeong Hoon Byeon

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As well as the exploration of translatable delivery nanosystems for cancer therapeutic agents, the development of automatable continuous-flow manufacturing technology comprising digitally controlled reactions for the on-demand production of pharmaceuticals is an important challenge in anticancer nanomedicine. Most attempts to resolve these issues have involved the development of alternative reactions, formulations, or constructs containing stimulus components aimed at producing multiple approaches for highly efficacious combination cancer therapies. However, there has been no report of a platform based on plug-in execution that enables continuous-flow manufacture in a compact, reconfigurable manner, although an optimal platform technology may be a prerequisite for the timely translation of recently developed nanomedicines. To this end, we describe the development of a platform toward digitizable, continuous manufacture by a serial combination of plug-in reactionwares (heating plates, a spraying cup, and a photochamber) for single-pass flow fabrication. Specifically, we fabricated three different composite nanoblocks consisting of Au1Ag9 (<8 nm; stimulus component), docetaxel (an anticancer drug), and bovine serum albumin (a protective and targeting agent) using our system, with the result of producing nanoblocks with photothermally modulatable and structurally disintegratable properties. These were examined for effectiveness in near-infrared-induced chemothermal cancer therapy and renal excretion of Au1Ag9 particles and exhibited high anticancer efficacy and warrantable biosafety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11040-11054
Number of pages15
JournalACS Nano
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sept 22

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (NRF-2018R1A2A1A05020683). This research was also supported by the NRF (2018R1A2A2A05021143) grant funded by the Korean Government and the Medical Research Center Program (2015R1A5A2009124) through the NRF funded by MSIP.

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Copyright © 2020 American Chemical Society.

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  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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