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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10(5), 2136-2145; doi:10.3390/ijms10052136
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The Effect of Self-Assembling Peptide RADA16-I on the Growth of Human Leukemia Cells in Vitro and in Nude Mice

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Received: 31 March 2009; in revised form: 30 April 2009 / Accepted: 12 May 2009 / Published: 14 May 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Self-Assembly)
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Abstract: Nanofiber scaffolds formed by self-assembling peptide RADA16-I have been used for the study of cell proliferation to mimic an extracellular matrix. In this study, we investigated the effect of RADA16-I on the growth of human leukemia cells in vitro and in nude mice. Self-assembly assessment showed that RADA16-I molecules have excellent self-assembling ability to form stable nanofibers. MTT assay displayed that RADA16-I has no cytotoxicity for leukemia cells and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro. However, RADA16-I inhibited the growth of K562 tumors in nude mice. Furthermore, we found RADA16-I inhibited vascular tube-formation by HUVECs in vitro. Our data suggested that nanofiber scaffolds formed by RADA16-I could change tumor microenvironments, and inhibit the growth of tumors. The study helps to encourage further design of self-assembling systems for cancer therapy.
Keywords: self-assembling peptide RADA16-I; nanofiber scaffolds; mimic extracellular matrix; tumor microenvironments; cancer therapy self-assembling peptide RADA16-I; nanofiber scaffolds; mimic extracellular matrix; tumor microenvironments; cancer therapy
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Tang, C.; Shao, X.; Sun, B.; Huang, W.; Zhao, X. The Effect of Self-Assembling Peptide RADA16-I on the Growth of Human Leukemia Cells in Vitro and in Nude Mice. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10, 2136-2145.

AMA Style

Tang C, Shao X, Sun B, Huang W, Zhao X. The Effect of Self-Assembling Peptide RADA16-I on the Growth of Human Leukemia Cells in Vitro and in Nude Mice. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2009; 10(5):2136-2145.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Tang, Chengkang; Shao, Ximing; Sun, Binbin; Huang, Wenli; Zhao, Xiaojun. 2009. "The Effect of Self-Assembling Peptide RADA16-I on the Growth of Human Leukemia Cells in Vitro and in Nude Mice." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 10, no. 5: 2136-2145.



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