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Paclitaxel (PTX) is one of the most useful chemotherapeutic agents approved for several cancers, including ovarian, breast, pancreatic, and nonsmall cell lung cancer. However, it causes systemic side effects when administered parenterally. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a new strategy for treating local cancers using light and photosensitizer. Unfortunately,(More)
Although tissue-penetrable light (red and NIR) has great potential for spatiotemporally controlled release of therapeutic agents, it has been hampered because of the lack of chemistry translating the photonic energy to the cleavage of a chemical bond. Recently, we discovered that an aminoacrylate group could be cleaved to release parent drugs after(More)
We recently developed "photo-unclick chemistry", a novel chemical tool involving the cleavage of aminoacrylate by singlet oxygen, and demonstrated its application to visible light-activatable prodrugs. In this study, we prepared an advanced multifunctional prodrug, Pc-(L-CA4)2, composed of the fluorescent photosensitizer phthalocyanine (Pc), an SO-labile(More)
We discovered a rare phenomenon wherein a thieno-pyrrole fused BODIPY dye (SBDPiR690) generates singlet oxygen without heavy halogen atom substituents. SBDPiR690 generates both singlet oxygen and fluorescence. To our knowledge, this is the first example of such a finding. To establish a structure-photophysical property relationship, we prepared SBDPiR(More)
We examined the concept of a novel prodrug strategy in which anticancer drug can be locally released by visible/near IR light, taking advantage of the photodynamic process and photo-unclick chemistry. Our most recently formulated prodrug of combretastatin A-4, Pc-(L-CA4)2, showed multifunctionality for fluorescence imaging, light-activated drug release, and(More)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a cancer treatment modality where photosensitizer (PS) is activated by visible and near IR light to produce singlet oxygen ((1)O2). However, (1)O2 has a short lifetime (<40 ns) and cannot diffuse (<20 nm) beyond the cell diameter (e.g., ∼ 1800 nm). Thus, (1)O2 damage is both spatially and temporally limited and does not produce(More)
We designed and synthesized a novel double activatable prodrug system (drug-linker-deactivated photosensitizer), containing a photocleavable aminoacrylate-linker and a deactivated photosensitizer, to achieve the spatiotemporally controlled release of parent drugs using visible light. Three prodrugs of CA-4, SN-38, and coumarin were prepared to demonstrate(More)
"Click and Photo-unclick Chemistry" of aminoacrylates is proposed for a new photo-labile linker. Adducts are built in 2 steps with good yields and cleaved rapidly by tissue penetrable visible light (690 nm) with a photosensitizer. Facile synthesis, release of mother drug, and stability and cleavage in medium are demonstrated.
Longer wavelength light (650-800nm) is desired to treat large tumors in photodynamic therapy (PDT). However, shorter wavelength light is needed in PDT for thin tumors, not to cause undesirable local side effects. We proposed a strategy for stepwise optical imaging and PDT using a bioorthogonal click chemistry and fluorescence resonance energy transfer(More)