Chuangnian Zhang

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Doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded glycyrrhetinic acid (GA)-modified alginate (ALG) nanoparticles (DOX/GA-ALG NPs) were prepared for targeting therapy of liver cancer. This study focused on the biodistribution of DOX/GA-ALG NPs in Kunming mice as well as their antitumor activity against liver tumors in situ and side effects. The biodistribution data showed that the(More)
In order to efficiently deliver chemotherapy drugs into hepatoma cells, a pH-sensitive and liver-targeted drug delivery system (glycyrrhetinic acid-modified alginate/doxorubicin-modified alginate complex nanoparticles), termed GA-ALG/DOX-ALG NPs, was prepared. First, GA-ALG and DOX-ALG were synthesized, and then GA-ALG/DOX-ALG NPs self-assembled by mixing(More)
Nanoparticles have been extensively explored as effective means to deliver chemotherapeutic agents or photosensitizers for chemotherapy or photodynamic therapy (PDT) against cancer. In the present work, pheophorbide A (PheoA), a hydrophobic photosensitizer, was conjugated via a redox-sensitive disulfide linkage to alginate (PheoA-ALG). Anticancer agent,(More)
Antigen uptake by dendritic cells (DCs) is a key step for initiating antigen-specific T cell immunity. In the present study, novel synthetic polymeric nanoparticles were prepared as antigen delivery vehicles to improve the antigen uptake by DCs. Well-defined cationic and acid-responsive copolymers, monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(2-(diisopropyl(More)
Rapid endothelialization is a key factor that determines the success of small-diameter vascular grafts as an artery substitute in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Aimed to facilitate vascular regeneration, we developed a vascular scaffold loaded with resveratrol, which is a natural compound extracted from plants and showed multifaceted effects in(More)
The purpose of the present study was to identify an "easy-to-adopt" strategy to enhance immune responses using functionalized alginate (ALG) nanoparticles (MAN-ALG/ALG=OVA NPs), which were prepared by CaCl2 cross-linking of two different types of ALG. The mannose (MAN) modified ALG (MAN-ALG) was used for dendritic cell targeting. The other component,(More)
In this study, the photochemical internalization (PCI) technique was adopted in a nanoparticle-based antigen delivery system to enhance antigen-specific CD8+ T cell immune response for cancer immunotherapy. Pheophorbide A, a hydrophobic photosensitizer, grafted with polyethylenimine (PheoA-PEI) with endosome escape activity and near-infrared imaging(More)
Nanoparticles (NPs)-based adjuvants are attracting much attention in the development of vaccines. Previously, we reported a type of guanidyl-decorated polymeric NPs used as antigen delivery carriers for the first time. However, its un-degradability may restrict potential clinical translation. More importantly, the specific cellular pathway by which(More)
Two kinds of glycyrrhetinic acid-modified chitosan/poly(ethylene glycol) nanoparticles (CTS/PEG-GA NPs) were prepared by an ionic gelation process in which the liver targeting ligand glycyrrhetinic acid (GA) was introduced into the nanoparticles at the C(30)-carboxyl group (CTS/PEG-GA(c) NPs) or the C(3)-hydroxyl group (CTS/PEG-GA(h) NPs). Their(More)