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Magnetic Graphene Oxide Nanocarrier for Targeted Delivery of Cisplatin: A Perspective for Glioblastoma Treatment

Leibniz Institute of Solid State and Material Research Dresden, 01069 Dresden, Germany
College of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Hebron University, Hebron 00970, Palestine
Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Calabria, Rende (CS), 87036 Rende, Italy
Children’s Cancer Institute, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney 2031, Australia
ARC Centre of Excellence for Convergent BioNano Science and Technology, Australian Centre for NanoMedicine, UNSW Sydney, Sydney 2052, Australia
School of Women’s and Children’s Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney, Sydney 2052, Australia
Department of Physics, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968, USA
Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon (INA) & Department of Condensed Matter Physics, University of Zaragoza, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
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Pharmaceuticals 2019, 12(2), 76;
Received: 15 April 2019 / Revised: 10 May 2019 / Accepted: 16 May 2019 / Published: 18 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Anticancer Drugs)
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Selective vectorization of Cisplatin (CisPt) to Glioblastoma U87 cells was exploited by the fabrication of a hybrid nanocarrier composed of magnetic γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles and nanographene oxide (NGO). The magnetic component, obtained by annealing magnetite Fe3O4 and characterized by XRD measurements, was combined with NGO sheets prepared via a modified Hummer’s method. The morphological and thermogravimetric analysis proved the effective binding of γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles onto NGO layers. The magnetization measured under magnetic fields up to 7 Tesla at room temperature revealed superparamagnetic-like behavior with a maximum value of MS = 15 emu/g and coercivity HC ≈ 0 Oe within experimental error. The nanohybrid was found to possess high affinity towards CisPt, and a rather slow fractional release profile of 80% after 250 h. Negligible toxicity was observed for empty nanoparticles, while the retainment of CisPt anticancer activity upon loading into the carrier was observed, together with the possibility to spatially control the drug delivery at a target site. View Full-Text
Keywords: magnetic targeting; graphene oxide; maghemite; glioblastoma; cisplatin magnetic targeting; graphene oxide; maghemite; glioblastoma; cisplatin

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Makharza, S.A.; Cirillo, G.; Vittorio, O.; Valli, E.; Voli, F.; Farfalla, A.; Curcio, M.; Iemma, F.; Nicoletta, F.P.; El-Gendy, A.A.; Goya, G.F.; Hampel, S. Magnetic Graphene Oxide Nanocarrier for Targeted Delivery of Cisplatin: A Perspective for Glioblastoma Treatment. Pharmaceuticals 2019, 12, 76.

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