Theranostics 2012; 2(9):871-879. doi:10.7150/thno.4133

Research Paper

Phthalocyanine-Aggregated Polymeric Nanoparticles as Tumor-Homing Near-Infrared Absorbers for Photothermal Therapy of Cancer

Chang-Keun Lim1, Jiyoung Shin2, Yong-Deok Lee1, Jungahn Kim3, Keun Sang Oh1, Soon Hong Yuk4, Seo Young Jeong2, Ick Chan Kwon1, Sehoon Kim1✉

1. Center for Theragnosis, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, 39-1 Hawolgok-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-791, Korea;
2. Department of Life and Nanophaceutical Science, Kyung Hee University, 1 Hoegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 130-701, Korea;
3. Department of Chemistry, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-701, Korea;
4. College of Pharmacy, Korea University, Jochiwon, Yeongi, Chungnam, 339-700, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

Phthalocyanine-aggregated Pluronic nanoparticles were constructed as a novel type of near-infrared (NIR) absorber for photothermal therapy. Tiny nanoparticles (~ 60 nm, FPc NPs) were prepared by aqueous dispersion of phthalocyanine-aggregated self-assembled nanodomains that were phase-separated from the melt mixture with Pluronic. Under NIR laser irradiation, FPc NPs manifested robust heat generation capability, superior to an individual cyanine dye and cyanine-aggregated nanoparticles. Micro- and macroscopic imaging experiments showed that FPc NPs are capable of internalization into live cancer cells as well as tumor accumulation when intravenously administered into living mice. It is shown here that continuous NIR irradiation of the tumor-targeted FPc NPs can cause phototherapeutic effects in vitro and in vivo through excessive local heating, demonstrating potential of phthalocyanine-aggregated nanoparticles as an all-organic NIR nanoabsorber for hyperthermia.

Keywords: Phototermal therapy, Phthalocyanine, Near-infrared photonics, Tumor targeting, Hyperthermia, Nanoparticles.

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How to cite this article:
Lim CK, Shin J, Lee YD, Kim J, Oh KS, Yuk SH, Jeong SY, Kwon IC, Kim S. Phthalocyanine-Aggregated Polymeric Nanoparticles as Tumor-Homing Near-Infrared Absorbers for Photothermal Therapy of Cancer. Theranostics 2012; 2(9):871-879. doi:10.7150/thno.4133. Available from http://www.thno.org/v02p0871.htm