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Photo-immune therapy with liposomally formulated phospholipid-conjugated indocyanine green induces specific antitumor responses with heat shock protein-70 expression in a glioblastoma model

Sayaka Shibata, Natsuki Shinozaki, Akiko Suganami, Shiro Ikegami, Yuki Kinoshita, Ryozo Hasegawa, Hirata Kentaro, Yoshiharu Okamoto, Ichio Aoki, Yutaka Tamura and Yasuo Iwadate _

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Oncotarget. 2019; 10:175-183. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.26544

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Sayaka Shibata1,2,*, Natsuki Shinozaki2,*, Akiko Suganami3, Shiro Ikegami2, Yuki Kinoshita2, Ryozo Hasegawa4, Hirata Kentaro4, Yoshiharu Okamoto5, Ichio Aoki1, Yutaka Tamura3 and Yasuo Iwadate2

1National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST), Chiba, Japan

2Department of Neurological Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan

3Department of Bioinformatics, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan

4Admetech Corporation, Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan

5Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Agriculture, Tottori University, Tottori, Japan

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Yasuo Iwadate, email: [email protected]

Keywords: glioma; PDT; photo-immune; ICG; HSP70

Received: June 19, 2018     Accepted: November 26, 2018     Published: January 04, 2019


Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common malignant brain tumor, and infiltrates into the surrounding normal brain tissue. Induction of a tumor-specific immune response is one of the best methods to obtain tumor-specific cytotoxicity. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is known to effectively induce an antitumor immune response. We have developed a clinically translatable nanoparticle, liposomally formulated phospholipid-conjugated indocyanine green (LP-iDOPE), applicable for PDT. This nanoparticle accumulates in tumor tissues by the enhanced permeability and retention effect, and releases heat and singlet oxygen to injure cancer cells when activated by near infrared (NIR) light. We assessed the effectiveness of the LP-iDOPE system in brain using the rat 9L glioblastoma model. Treatment with LP-iDOPE and NIR irradiation resulted in significant tumor growth suppression and prolongation of survival. Histopathological examination showed induction of both apoptosis and necrosis and accumulation of CD8+ T-cells and macrophages/microglia accompanied by marked expressions of heat shock protein-70 (HSP70), which was not induced by mild hyperthermia alone at 45° C or an interleukin-2-mediated immune reaction. Notably, the efficacy was lost in immunocompromised nude rats. These results collectively show that the novel nanoparticle LP-iDOPE in combination with NIR irradiation can efficiently induce a tumor-specific immune reaction for malignant gliomas possibly by inducing HSP70 expression which is known to activate antigen-presenting cells through toll-like receptor signaling.

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