Author(s): Cheng Y, C Samia A, Meyers JD, Panagopoulos I, Fei B,
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Abstract A highly efficient drug vector for photodynamic therapy (PDT) drug delivery was developed by synthesizing PEGylated gold nanoparticle conjugates, which act as a water-soluble and biocompatible "cage" that allows delivery of a hydrophobic drug to its site of PDT action. The dynamics of drug release in vitro in a two-phase solution system and in vivo in cancer-bearing mice indicates that the process of drug delivery is highly efficient, and passive targeting prefers the tumor site. With the Au NP-Pc 4 conjugates, the drug delivery time required for PDT has been greatly reduced to less than 2 h, compared to 2 days for the free drug.
This article was published in J Am Chem Soc
and referenced in Journal of Physical Chemistry & Biophysics