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An NIR-triggered and thermally responsive drug delivery platform through DNA/copper sulfide gates.

Nanoscale (2015-07-07)
Lei Zhang, Yecheng Li, Zexun Jin, Jimmy C Yu, King Ming Chan
ABSTRACT

Nanomaterials for effective drug delivery require zero pre-release and on-demand release of therapeutic drugs. In this work we demonstrate a novel drug delivery system composed of a mesoporous silica platform conjugated to CuS nanoparticles with two complementary DNA sequences. CuS nanoparticles act as both gatekeepers preventing pre-release of drugs and photothermal agents for effective killing of cancer cells. This system exhibits temperature and NIR-responsive DOX release, with an additional accelerated release rate with GSH treatment. Therefore, it can act as an effective anticancer drug delivery carrier with triggered drug release and efficient anti-cancer effect in vitro after NIR irradiation.

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