Xianzhu Yang

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Delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) has been one of the major hurdles for the application of RNA interference in therapeutics. Here, we describe a cationic lipid assisted polymeric nanoparticle system with stealthy property for efficient siRNA encapsulation and delivery, which was fabricated with poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(d,l-lactide), siRNA and a(More)
Although surface PEGylation of siRNA vectors is effective for preventing protein adsorption and thereby helps these vectors to evade the reticuloendothelial system (RES) in vivo, it also suppresses the cellular uptake of these vectors by target cells. This dilemma could be overcome by employing stimuli-responsive shell-detachable nanovectors to achieve(More)
Graphene oxide (GO) has been extensively explored in nanomedicine for its excellent physiochemical, electrical, and optical properties. Here, polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polyethylenimine (PEI) are covalently conjugated to GO via amide bonds, obtaining a physiologically stable dual-polymer-functionalized nano-GO conjugate (NGO-PEG-PEI) with ultra-small(More)
Despite the wide use of antibiotics, bacterial infection is still one of the leading causes of hospitalization and mortality. The clinical failure of antibiotic therapy is linked with low bioavailability, poor penetration to bacterial infection sites, and the side effects of antibiotics, as well as the antibiotic resistance properties of bacteria.(More)
Drug delivery systems for cancer therapy usually need to be sterically stabilized by a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) layer during blood circulation to minimize nonspecific interactions with serum components. However, PEGylation significantly reduces cellular uptake of the delivery systems after they accumulate at the tumor site, which markedly impairs the in(More)
Combination treatment through simultaneous delivery of two or more drugs with nanoparticles has been demonstrated to be an elegant and efficient approach for cancer therapy. Herein, we employ a combination therapy for eliminating both the bulk tumor cells and the rare cancer stem cells (CSCs) that have a high self-renewal capacity and play a critical role(More)
A principal goal of cancer nanomedicine is to deliver therapeutics effectively to cancer cells within solid tumors. However, there are a series of biological barriers that impede nanomedicine from reaching target cells. Here, we report a stimuli-responsive clustered nanoparticle to systematically overcome these multiple barriers by sequentially responding(More)
Systemic delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) into cancer cells remains the major obstacle to siRNA drug development. An ideal siRNA delivery vehicle for systemic administration should have long circulation time in blood, accumulate at tumor site, and sufficiently internalize into cancer cells for high-efficiency of gene silence. Herein, we report a(More)
Polyphosphoesters with repeating phosphoester linkages in the backbone can be easily functionalized, are biodegradable and potentially biocompatible, and may be potential candidates as polymer carriers of drug conjugates. Here, the efficacy of a polyphosphoester drug conjugate as an anticancer agent in vivo is assessed for the first time. With controlled(More)
Benefiting from its strong oxidizing properties, the singlet oxygen has garnered serious attentions in physical, chemical, as well as biological studies. However, the photosensitizers for the generation of singlet oxygen bear in low quantum yields, lack of long wavelength absorption band, poor biocompatibility, undegradable in living tissues, and so on.(More)