Natural deep eutectic solvent supported targeted solid-liquid polymer carrier for breast cancer therapy

Xianfu Sun, Periyakaruppan Pradeepkumar, Naresh Kumar Rajendran, Harshavardhan Shakila, Nicolette Nadene Houreld, Dunia A. Al Farraj, Yousif M. Elnahas, Nandhakumar Elumalai, Mariappan Rajan

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Solid-liquid nanocarriers (SLNs) are at the front of the rapidly emerging field of medicinal applications with a potential role in the delivery of bioactive agents. Here, we report a new SLN of natural deep eutectic solvent (NADES) and biotin-conjugated lysine-polyethylene glycol copolymer. The SLN system was analyzed for its functional groups, thermal stability, crystalline nature, particle size, and surface morphology through the instrumental analysis of FT-IR, TGA, XRD, DLS, SEM, and TEM. Encapsulation of PTX (paclitaxel) and 7-HC (7-hydroxycoumarin) with the SLN was carried out by dialysis, and UV-visible spectra evidenced the drug loading capacity and higher encapsulation efficiency obtained. The enhanced anticancer potential of PTX- and 7-HC-loaded SLN was assessedin vitro, and the system reduces the cell viability of MDA-MB-231 cells. The PTX- and 7-HC-loaded SLN system was investigated in a breast cancer-induced rat modelvia in vivostudies. It shows decreased lysosomal enzymes and increased levels of caspase to cure breast tumors. It very well may be reasoned that the designed PTX- and 7-HC-loaded SLN system has strong anticancer properties and exhibits potential for delivery of drug molecules in cancer treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36989-37004
Number of pages16
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number61
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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