pH Dictates the Release of Hydrophobic Drug Cocktail from Mesoporous Nanoarchitecture
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Combination therapy has been a norm in clinical practice to effectively treat cancer. Besides polytherapy, nowadays, smart and nanobased drug carriers are extensively being explored to deliver drugs according to pathophysiological environment of diseases. In this regard, herein we designed really intelligent mesoporous architecture, incorporating both combinational therapy with smart nanotechnology, to simultaneously deliver two highly hydrophobic chemotherapeutic drugs in response to extracellular and/or intracellular acidic environ of tumor. Novelty of the system lies in the employment of acid responsive ZnO QDs to clog not only the nanochannels of mesoporous silica, encapsulating one hydrophobic drug, but also exploitation of chelate forming propensity of another hydrophobic drug (curcumin) to load a significant quantity onto the surface of ZnO nanolids. Cell viability results revealed an extraordinarily high cytotoxic efficiency of that lethal drug cocktail even at a concentration as low as 3 姯mL nanocarrier. We envision that this sophisticated nanocarrier, which utilizes both interior pore and exterior surface of nanolids for loading different hydrophobic guest molecules and their subsequent acid responsive release, will undoubtedly, illustrates its remarkable potential in targeted chemotherapy.
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, copyright 2013 American Chemical Society after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see Http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/am4035027.