Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) as a key protein in PI3K-AKT-mTOR signaling pathway ,plays an important role in the tumor growth. The small interfering RNA (siRNA) of mTOR would decrease the expression of mTOR protein. In this study, we screened the mTOR siRNA sequence using MATLAB software and ascertained it based on BLAST. Then we imported it with the aid of Lipofectamine2000 into MCF-7 cancer cells where mTOR is over expression .And then we used a special hairpin deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) for combining with the human mTOR mRNA to functionalize gold nanoparticles, which served as a molecule beacon for detecting human mTOR mRNA transcription. Laser scanning confocal microscope and Flow Cytometry data showed that the quenching efficiency was up to 90%,which are consistent with the RT-PCR measurement and Western. Compared to the previous approaches, this beacon has advantages of higher target to background ratio of detection. The strategy reported in this study is a promising approach for the intracellular measurement of the result of siRNA or protein expression in living cells, and has great potential in the study of drug screening and discovery.
PI3K-Akt signaling pathway plays the key role in cell apoptosis and survival, and the components of PI3K /Akt signaling pathway are often abnormally expressed in human tumors. Therefore, determination of the Akt (protein kinase B, PKB) messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) expression is significantly important in understanding the mechanism of tumor progression. In this study, we designed a special hairpin deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) functionalized with gold nanoparticles and fluorescein isothiocyanate(FITC) as a beacon for detecting human Akt mRNA. Spectrofluorometer was used to detect the fluorescence quenching and recovery of the beacons, and laser confocal scanning microscopy was adopted to image Akt mRNA in cells. The results showed that this beacon could sensitively and quantitatively measure the Akt mRNA in living cells . This strategy is potentially useful for the cellular imaging of RNA or protein expression in living cells.
In order to improve Doxorubicin (Dox) targeting in vivo and reduce toxicity, use the targeting ligand 2-deoxy-aminoglucose (2DG) to modify Doxorubicin to form a new anti-tumor drug. The products was charactered by <sup>1</sup>H-NMR, MS, and the targeting research by near-infrared imaging. Compared with Dox , the product treating MCF-7 and U87MG cells shows higher antitumor activity in vitro by MTT assay. In conclusion, the modified product effectively enhance the targeting and pharmacodynamics in contrast with Dox, and it would be a potential therapeutic drug for cancer.
Docosahexaenoic acid(DHA) is an omega-3 C22 natural fatty acid with six cis double bonds and as a constituent of membranes used as a precursor for metabolic and biochemical path ways. In this manuscript,we describe the synthesis of near-infrared(NIR) flourescence ICG-Der-01 labeled DHA for in vitro and vivo tumor targeting.The structure of the probe was intensively characterized by UV and MS. The in vitro and vivo tumor targeting abilities of the DHA-based NIR probes were investigeted in MCF-7 cells and MCF-7 xenograft mice model differently by confocal microscopy and CCD camera. The cell cytotoxicity were tested in tumor cells MCF-7 .The results shows that the DHA-based NIR probes have high affinity with the tumor both in vitro and vivo.In addition ,we also found that the DHA-based NIR probes have the apparent cytotoxicity on MCF-7 cells .which demonstrated that DHA was conjugated with other antitumor drug could increase the abilities of antirumor efficacy .So DHA-ICG-Der-01 is a promising optical agent for diagnosis of tumors especially in their early stage.
In this manuscript, a new near-infrared (NIR) light-breakable amphiphilic block copolymer containing light-sensitive triggering group on the hydrophobic block was developed. By encapsulating NIR dye cypate inside micelles of poly (N-succinyl-N'-4- (2-nitrobenzyloxy)-succinyl chitosan) and exposing the micellar solution to 765.9 nm light, the photo-cleavage reaction was activated and leading to the dissociation of micelles and release of co-loaded hydrophobic species. The UV-vis absorption spectra, fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra and <sup>1</sup>H nuclear magnetic resonance (<sup>1</sup>H NMR) spectra of micelles were characterized. Triggered burst release of the payload upon NIR irradiation and subsequent degradation of the micelles were observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM).
This system represents a general and efficient method to circumvent the need for UV or visible light excitation that is a common drawback for light-responsive polymeric systems developed for potential biomedical applications.