In vivo imaging and biodistribution of near infrared dye loaded brain-metastatic-breast-cancer-cell-membrane coated polymeric nanoparticles

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Brain metastatic breast cancer is challenging to treat due to the presence of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and a lack of ability to target precisely. Most drugs fail to cross the BBB limiting their effectiveness. To combat this problem, a brain metastatic breast cancer cell (MDA-MB-831) membrane-coated polymeric nanoparticle (CCNP) was synthesized. The small size (∼70 nm) and anionic surface charge (-20 mV) achieved during formulation allowed for high penetration and retention in the brain when compared to the PEGylated polymeric nanoparticle alone (mPEG-PLGA or NP). Doxorubicin-loaded CCNP showed high preferential cytotoxicity in vitro. Live (4-120 h) and ex vivo near-infrared imaging in nude mice showed extended circulation and retention of CCNP compared to uncoated nanoparticles. These data indicate that drug/dye-loaded CCNPs demonstrate excellent potential for cancer theranostics of brain metastatic breast tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number265101
Issue number26
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2019



  • brain
  • breast cancer
  • cancer membrane
  • nanoparticles
  • near infrared

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