Photodynamic therapy is a novel therapeutic modality to treat cancer by using a photosensitizer which is activated by a light source to produce reactive oxygen species and mediates tumours oxygen-independent hypoxic conditions. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is one of the primary factors that affect tumor angiogenesis. Another emerging treatment to cure cancer is the use of interference RNA to silence a specific mRNA sequence. Such treatment requires a delivery system such as liposomes. The nanoparticle size measured was about 30 nm. Cellular uptake study was performed to verify that the nanoparticles have a sigma receptor mediated pathway. Non-targeted LCP NPs did not show significant difference with or without haloperidol but has a lower intensity as than targeted LCP NPs. These results confirm that LCP NPs have a receptor mediated pathway. Cell viability was found to decrease at 25 nM of transfected VEGF siRNA. Combined therapy of PDT and VEGF siRNA showed significant response as compared with PDT and gene therapy alone. In vivo toxicity assay with mice treated with targeted LCP NPs containing control siRNA or VEGF siRNA and non-targeted LCP NPs containing VEGF siRNA did not show any significant difference with the PBS injected group which suggests that there is no toxicity with the dose. It suggests that PDT combined with targeted gene therapy has a potential mean to achieve better therapeutic outcome.
Yih-Chih Hsu and Leaf Huang, "Therapeutic effect of photodynamic therapy combined with targeted delivery of silencing vascular endothelial growth factor (Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 9709, Biophotonics and Immune Responses XI, 970904 (Presented at SPIE BiOS: February 15, 2016; Published: 27 April 2016); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2214844.4828165407001.
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