Evaluation of the Anti-Tumor Activity of Niclosamide Nanoliposomes Against Colon Carcinoma

Author(s): Mahdi Hatamipour, Mahmoud R. Jaafari, Amir A. Momtazi-Borojeni, Mahin Ramezani, Amirhossein Sahebkar*

Journal Name: Current Molecular Pharmacology

Volume 13 , Issue 3 , 2020

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Background and Aims: Niclosamide is an established anti-helminthic drug, which has recently been shown to inhibit the growth of various cancer cells. To exploit the potential anti-tumor activity of this drug for systemic use, the problem of low aqueous solubility should be addressed. The present study tested the in vivo anti-tumor effects of a recently developed nanoliposomal preparation of niclosamide in an experimental model of colon carcinoma.

Methods: The cytotoxicity of nanoliposomal niclosamide on CT26 colon carcinoma cells was evaluated using the MTT test. Inhibition of tumor growth was investigated in BALB/c mice bearing CT26 colon carcinoma cells. The animals were randomly divided into 4 groups including: 1) untreated control, 2) liposomal doxorubicin (15 mg/kg; single intravenous dose), 3) liposomal niclosamide (1 mg/kg/twice a week; intravenously for 4 weeks), and 4) free niclosamide (1 mg/kg/twice a week; intravenously for 4 weeks). To study therapeutic efficacy, tumor size and survival were monitored in 2-day intervals for 40 days.

Results: In vitro results indicated that nanoliposomal and free niclosamide could exert cytotoxic effects with IC50 values of 4.5 and 2.5 μM, respectively. According to in vivo studies, nanoliposomal niclosamide showed a higher growth inhibitory activity against CT26 colon carcinoma cells compared with free niclosamide as revealed by delayed tumor growth and prolongation of survival.

Conclusion: Nnaoliposomal encapsulation enhanced anti-tumor properties of niclosamide in an experimental model of colon carcinoma.

Keywords: Liposome, niclosamide, remote-loading, colon carcinoma, cytotoxicity, in vivo study, anti-tumor efficacy.

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