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The use of glioblastoma-targeted drug delivery system facilitates efficient delivery of chemotherapeutic agents to malignant gliomas in the central nervous system while minimizing high systemic doses associated with debilitating toxicities. To employ the high binding affinity of a cyclic RGD peptide (c(RGDyK), cyclic Arginine-Glycine-Aspartic(More)
Co-delivery of tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) and paclitaxel (PTX) is an attractive strategy to enhance their anti-tumor efficacy. As the most aggressive brain tumor, glioblastoma is sensitive to TRAIL and PTX. However, their therapeutic efficacy for intracranial glioblastoma is significantly impaired by blood-brain barrier(More)
INTRODUCTION Brain tumors represent one of the most challenging and difficult areas in unmet medical needs. Fortunately, the past decade has seen momentous developments in brain tumor research in terms of brain tumor-targeted novel nano-drug delivery systems with significant important superiority over conventional formulations with respect to decreased(More)
Successful glioma gene therapy lays on two important factors, the therapeutic genes and efficient delivery vehicles to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and reach gliomas. In this work, a new gene vector was constructed based on dendrigraft poly-l-lysines (DGL) and polyethyleneglycol (PEG), conjugated with a cell-penetrating peptide, the nucleolar(More)
The strategy of oral administration of bioactive macromolecules using cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) is restricted to covalent linkage or electrostatic interaction between the cargo and CPPs. In the present study, we devised an approach utilizing CPP-functionalized poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles as a carrier for oral delivery of(More)
Despite the application of aggressive surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy in clinics, brain tumors are still a difficult health challenge due to their fast development and poor prognosis. Brain tumor-targeted drug delivery systems, which increase drug accumulation in the tumor region and reduce toxicity in normal brain and peripheral tissue, are a(More)
Even though the blood-brain barrier (BBB) is compromised for angiogenesis, therapeutic agents for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) are particularly inefficient due to the existence of a blood-tumor barrier (BTB), which hampers tumor accumulation and uptake. Integrin α(v)β(3) is overexpressed on glioblastoma U87 cells and neovasculture, thus making its ligands(More)
A pH-sensitive polymer was synthesized by introducing the N-Boc-histidine to the ends of a PLGA-PEG-PLGA block copolymer. The synthesized polymer was confirmed to be biodegradable and biocompatible, well dissolved in water and forming micelles above the CMC. DOX was employed as a model anticancer drug. In vitro drug release from micelles of(More)
In this study, folate-conjugated polymer micelles were synthesized by mixing folate-poly(ethylene glycol)-distearoylphosphatidylethanolamine (FA-PEG-DSPE) and methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol)-distearoylphosphatidylethanolamine (MPEG-DSPE) to encapsulate anticancer agent 9-nitro-camptothecin (9-NC). Formulations were characterized by critical micellization(More)