EGFR-targeted micelles containing near-infrared dye for enhanced photothermal therapy in colorectal cancer

Ying Hsia Shih, Tsai Yueh Luo, Ping Fang Chiang, Cheng Jung Yao, Wuu Jyh Lin, Cheng Liang Peng, Ming Jium Shieh

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The purpose of this research was to investigate the effectiveness of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) targeted micelles loaded with IR-780 (Cetuximab/IR-780/micelles) for generating tumor targeting, multimodal images, and photothermal therapy (PTT). We initially studied the cellular uptake of these micelles using the HCT-116 and SW-620 cell lines. HCT-116 (high expression of EGFR) and SW-620 (low expression of EGFR) cell lines were used to examine biodistribution and antitumor effects of Cetuximab/IR-780/micelles. Time-lapse near-IR fluorescence (NIRF) images also indicated the highest IR-780 accumulation from Cetuximab/IR-780/micelles in HCT-116 tumors (p < 0.05). HCT-116 tumors in tumor-bearing mice exhibited significantly higher accumulations of Cetuximab/IR-780/111In-micelles than SW-620 tumors in Micro-SPECT/CT imaging and biodistribution studies (p < 0.05). Dual-radioisotope Nano-SPECT/CT imaging of Cetuximab/131I-IR-780/111In-micelles demonstrated simultaneous high accumulation of both IR-780 and micelles in HCT-116 tumors, but not in SW-620 tumors. Regarding antitumor effects, following the Cetuximab/IR-780/micelles with PPT on day 6, all HCT-116 tumor-bearing mice were cured. In contrast, SW-620 tumors relapsed at 13 days after treatment. In summary, we expect that the Cetuximab/IR-780/micelles could enhance the antitumor effects by PTT in EGFR overexpression colorectal cancers through effective drug delivery nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-207
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Controlled Release
Publication statusPublished - Jul 28 2017


  • Colorectal carcinoma
  • Dual isotope image
  • Photosensitizer
  • Photothermal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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