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MIL-100(Al) Gels as an Excellent Platform Loaded with Doxorubicin Hydrochloride for pH-Triggered Drug Release and Anticancer Effect

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National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and Department of Chemical Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230029, China
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Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, CAS Center for Excellence in Biomacromolecules, Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Life Sciences, and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
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Department of Applied Chemistry and State Key Laboratory of Tea Plant Biology and Utilization, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036, China
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Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 446; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060446
Received: 26 May 2018 / Revised: 12 June 2018 / Accepted: 15 June 2018 / Published: 19 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanocolloids for Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery)
Slow and controlled release systems for drugs have attracted increasing interest recently. A highly efficient metal-organic gel (MOGs) drug delivery carrier, i.e., MIL-100(Al) gel, has been fabricated by a facile, low cost, and environmentally friendly one-pot process. The unique structure of MIL-100(Al) gels has led to a high loading efficiency (620 mg/g) towards doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) as a kind of anticancer drug. DOX-loaded MOGs exhibited high stability under physiological conditions and sustained release capacity of DOX for up to three days (under acidic environments). They further showed sustained drug release behavior and excellent antitumor effects in in vitro experiments on HeLa cells, in contrast with the extremely low biotoxicity of MOGs. Our work provides a promising way for anticancer therapy by utilizing this MOGs-based drug delivery system as an efficient and safe vehicle. View Full-Text
Keywords: metal-organic gels; doxorubicin loading and release; pH-responsiveness; anticancer effect metal-organic gels; doxorubicin loading and release; pH-responsiveness; anticancer effect
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Feng, Y.; Wang, C.; Ke, F.; Zang, J.; Zhu, J. MIL-100(Al) Gels as an Excellent Platform Loaded with Doxorubicin Hydrochloride for pH-Triggered Drug Release and Anticancer Effect. Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 446.

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