Fucoidan-based, tumor-activated nanoplatform for overcoming hypoxia and enhancing photodynamic therapy and antitumor immunity

Chu Hung Chung, Kun Ying Lu, Wei Cheng Lee, Wen Jing Hsu, Wen Fu Lee, Jia Zih Dai, Pei Wei Shueng, Cheng Wei Lin, Fwu Long Mi

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Multifunctional nanoplatforms combined with photodynamic therapy (PDT) and anticancer drugs have shown great promising in cancer therapy. However, their efficacy is limited by the low specificity, low oxygen levels, and a tolerant tumor immune microenvironment. Herein, we developed a biocompatible theranostic nanoplatform (FM@VP) based on co-assembly of a nanocomplex formed by a functional polysaccharide fucoidan and a bioreducible polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer, a photosensitizer verteporfin (VP), and MnO2 nanoparticles (a tumor microenvironment responsive oxygen evolving nanomaterial) into a multifunctional nanoparticle cluster. The dendrimer-fucoidan polyionic nanocomplex (DFPN) specifically targeted P-selectin-overexpressed triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and the tumor-associated vasculature, and was sensitive to glutathione (GSH) in tumor. More importantly, this FM@VP nanocomplex simultaneously overcame tumor hypoxia, suppressed oncogenic signaling, and attenuated tumor-mediated immunosuppression, resulting in improving therapeutic efficacy of PDT while enhancing antitumor immunity and anti-metastasis. This discovery provides a powerful strategy for synergetic cancer targeting/photodynamic/immunotherapy and could serve as a safe clinical translational approach.

Original languageEnglish
Article number120227
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • Antitumor immunity
  • Fucoidan
  • Hypoxia
  • Nanoparticle
  • Photodynamic therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Biophysics
  • Biomaterials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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