A photo-inducible protein-inorganic nanoparticle assembly for active targeted tumour theranostics

Jinbing Xie, Ling Mei, Kai Huang, Yuxiang Sun, Aarushi Iris, Baoliang Ma, Yining Qiu, Junjie Li, Gang Han

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The assembly of protein-inorganic nanoparticles is an important yet challenging approach that is utilized to develop functional materials in numerous areas, such as bio-catalysis, drug delivery, and biosensing. In this study, we report on a facile, photo-inducible self-assembly method to generate protein-inorganic hybrid nanoplatforms. More specifically, photo-treated disulfide bond rich proteins of lysozyme (LYS) were able to be used as host materials in order to encapsulate nanoparticles (i.e., as-synthesized hydrophobic NIR quantum dots (QDs)) and anti-cancer small molecule drugs (i.e., paclitaxel (PTX)), constructing functional theranostic protein-inorganic hybrid nanoparticles. The modification of the functional polymer of cRGD-PEG contributes to the active tumour targeting characteristic of this protein-inorganic nanocarrier. This novel PTX loaded protein-inorganic hybrid nanoplatform showed high tumour homing accumulation as well as effective tumour inhibition. We believe that this general approach represents a new direction for the development of a photo-induced assembly of protein-inorganic nanoparticles towards versatile applications in both materials science and biomedical fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6136-6144
Number of pages9
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)


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