The goal of the proposed research is to use mesoporous silica nanoparticles with bistable molecular machines to deliver anticancer drugs. The active structures are nanomachines that consist of a solid silica support that contains designed pores, and moving parts that trap drug molecules and release them from the pores only on external command or under desired conditions. Two types of machines, nanoimpellers that actively eject molecules from the pores, and nanovalves that block and unblock the entrances to the pores will be used to control the delivery of drugs. The assembly is coated with molecules or proteins that target the capsules to cancer cells. The first specific aim is to improve and optimize nanomachines (a pH activated valve, a light-activated impeller, a light activated valve) that were developed in the principal investigators laboratories, modify the surfaces for specific cancer cell targeting, and optimize their performance.
The second aim will demonstrate operation of the machines in human cancer cells by studying the release of a fluorescent DNA binding agent and to demonstrate the delivery and on-demand release of anticancer drugs (paclitaxel, camptothecin and doxorubicin) in human carcinoma cell lines. Finally, the third aim will evaluate and utilize the nanoparticles in human tumor xenografts grown in athymic mice. By having the valves open only in a tumor, it will be possible to achieve release of anticancer drugs only at specific sites or in response to specific stimuli, thus eliminating unwanted effects on non-cancerous cells. The nano valves and impellers allow sophisticated control of the delivery of the drugs.

Public Health Relevance

Nanoparticles that contain pores controlled by molecular machines will be used to release anticancer drugs under control. The result of the research will be a novel system for cancer chemotherapy that eliminates unwanted effects on non-cancerous cells.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Type
Research Project (R01)
Project #
3R01CA133697-05S1
Application #
8795269
Study Section
Nanotechnology Study Section (NANO)
Program Officer
Fu, Yali
Project Start
2010-01-01
Project End
2014-12-31
Budget Start
2014-02-10
Budget End
2014-12-31
Support Year
5
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$43,998
Indirect Cost
$15,428
Name
University of California Los Angeles
Department
None
Type
Organized Research Units
DUNS #
092530369
City
Los Angeles
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
90095
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