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Current Drug Delivery


ISSN (Print): 1567-2018
ISSN (Online): 1875-5704

Research Article

Curcumin and Paclitaxel Co-loaded Heparin and Poloxamer P403 Hybrid Nanocarrier for Improved Synergistic Efficacy in Breast Cancer

Author(s): Ngoc The Nguyen*, Quynh Anh Bui, Phuong Duy Huynh, Quang Huy Nguyen, Ngoc Quyen Tran, Nguyen Thanh Viet and Dinh Trung Nguyen*

Volume 19, Issue 9, 2022

Published on: 23 May, 2022

Page: [966 - 979] Pages: 14

DOI: 10.2174/1567201819666220401095923

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Introduction: Multi-drug nanosystem has been employed in several therapeutic models due to the synergistic effect of the drugs and/or bioactive compounds, which help in tumor targeting and limit the usual side effects of chemotherapy.

Methods: In this research, we developed the amphiphilic Heparin-poloxamer P403 (HSP) nanogel that could load curcumin (CUR) and Paclitaxel (PTX) through the hydrophobic core of Poloxamer P403. The features of HSP nanogel were assessed through Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), differential light scattering (DLS), and critical micelle concentration (CMC). Nanogel and its dual drug-loaded platform showed high stability and spherical morphology.

Results: The drug release profile indicated fast release at pH 5.5, suggesting effective drug distribution at the tumor site. In vitro research confirms lower cytotoxicity of HSP@CUR@PTX compared to free PTX and higher inhibition effect with MCF-7 than HSP@PTX. These results support the synergism between PTX and CUR.

Conclusion: HSP@CUR@PTX suggests a prominent strategy for achieving the synergistic effect of PTX and CUR to circumvent undesirable effects in breast cancer treatment.

Keywords: Poloxamer, heparin, curcumin, paclitaxel, MCF-7, nanogel.

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