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Use of Ferritin-Based Metal-Encapsulated Nanocarriers as Anticancer Agents

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Department of Biochemical Sciences, Sapienza University, 00185 Rome, Italy
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IBPM CNR, Institute of Molecular Biology and Pathology, Italian National Research Council, 00185 Rome, Italy
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Antonio Maffucci
Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(1), 101; https://doi.org/10.3390/app7010101
Received: 24 November 2016 / Revised: 28 December 2016 / Accepted: 16 January 2017 / Published: 21 January 2017
The ability of ferritin to bind and deliver metals and metal-based drugs to human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells was studied. We used heavy chain (H) ferritin-based metal-containing nanocarriers to test whether these constructs, which are able to cross the blood-brain barrier, may be used for the delivery of toxic molecules to brain cells, and to study their effect on the viability and cellular redox homeostasis of human neuroblastoma cells. We show that metal-containing nanocarriers are efficiently captured by SH-SY5Y cells. Iron-containing nanocarriers have a proliferative effect, while silver and cisplatin-encapsulated nanocarriers determine concentration-dependent neuroblastoma cell death. This work is a proof of concept for the use of ferritins for the delivery of toxic molecules to brain tumors. View Full-Text
Keywords: ferritin; cisplatin; neuroblastoma; drug delivery; targeting; metal ions; nanocarriers ferritin; cisplatin; neuroblastoma; drug delivery; targeting; metal ions; nanocarriers
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Mosca, L.; Falvo, E.; Ceci, P.; Poser, E.; Genovese, I.; Guarguaglini, G.; Colotti, G. Use of Ferritin-Based Metal-Encapsulated Nanocarriers as Anticancer Agents. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 101.

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