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Application of functional vincristine plus dasatinib liposomes to deletion of vasculogenic mimicry channels in triple-negative breast cancer

Fan Zeng _, Rui-Jun Ju, Lei Liu, Hong-Jun Xie, Li-Min Mu, Yao Zhao, Yan Yan, Ying-Jie Hu, Jia-Shuan Wu and Wan-Liang Lu

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Oncotarget. 2015; 6:36625-36642. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.5382

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Fan Zeng1, Rui-Jun Ju1, Lei Liu1, Hong-Jun Xie1, Li-Min Mu1, Yao Zhao1, Yan Yan1, Ying-Jie Hu1, Jia-Shuan Wu1, Wan-Liang Lu1

1Beijing Key Laboratory of Molecular Pharmaceutics and New Drug System, State Key Laboratory of Natural and Biomimetic Drugs, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100191, China

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Wan-Liang Lu, e-mail: [email protected]

Keywords: functional liposome, vincristine, dasatinib, vasculogenic mimicry channel, triple-negative breast cancer

Received: July 12, 2015     Accepted: September 16, 2015     Published: September 28, 2015


Standard chemotherapy cannot eradicate triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) while the residual cancer cells readily form the vasculogenic mimicry (VM) channels, which lead to the relapse of cancer after treatment. In this study, the functional vincristine plus dasatinib liposomes, modified by a targeting molecule DSPE-PEG2000-c(RGDyK), were fabricated to address this issue. The investigations were performed on TNBC MDA-MB-231 cells and MDA-MB-231 xenografts in nude mice. The liposomes exhibited the superior performances in the following aspects: the enhancement of cellular uptake via targeted action; the induction of apoptosis via activation of caspase 8, 9, and 3, increased expression of Bax, decreased expression of Mcl-1, and generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS); and the deletion of VM channels via inhibitions on the VM channel indicators, which consisted of vascular endothelial-cadherin (VE-Cad), focal adhesion kinase (FAK), phosphatidylinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), and matrix metallopeptidases (MMP-2, and MMP-9). Furthermore, the liposomes displayed the prolonged circulation time in the blood, the increased accumulation in tumor tissue, and the improved therapeutic efficacy along with deletion of VM channels in the TNBC-bearing mice. In conclusion, the nanostructured functional drug-loaded liposomes may provide a promising strategy for the treatment of invasive TNBC along with deletion of VM channels.

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