Theranostics 2014; 4(7):678-692. doi:10.7150/thno.7869

Research Paper

Mesoporous Magnetic Gold “Nanoclusters” as Theranostic Carrier for Chemo-Photothermal Co-therapy of Breast Cancer

JinRong Peng1*, TingTing Qi1*, JinFeng Liao1*, BingYang Chu1, Qian Yang1, Ying Qu1, WenTing Li1, He Li2, Feng Luo1, ZhiYong Qian1✉

1. State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, PR China;
2. School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022, PR China.
* These authors have done equal contribution to this work.


Photothermal therapy (PTT) is proved to be an efficient manner for superficial tumor therapy in preclinical studying. The tumor suppression of chemotherapy can be enhanced by combining with PTT. In this study, we reported a mesoporous magnetic gold “nanoclusters” (MMGNCs) structure as theranostic carrier for chemo-photothermal co-therapy. MMGNCs were successfully prepared and they exhibited efficient photo-thermal effect for PTT. The mesoporous structure provided MMGNCs with high drug loading capacity. By in vitro cytotoxicity testing, we revealed that the combination of PTT and chemotherapy could cause more damage than chemotherapy or PTT did alone. By topically targeting mediated by the extra-magnetic field (MF), MMGNCs can be targeted to the tumor site efficiently. In vivo chemo-photothermal co-therapy of 4T1 breast cancer, under the combinational treatments of chemo-photothermal co-therapy and extra-MF targeting, the tumor growth has been efficiently inhibited, and the pulmonary and mediastinal metastasis have also been prevented. The survival of the cancer bearing mice was prolonged. The bio-imaging applications of this system and the mechanism of the metastasis prevention are ongoing.

Keywords: Multifunctional nanoparticles, Photothermal Therapy, Multidrug Resistance, Co-therapy.

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Peng J, Qi T, Liao J, Chu B, Yang Q, Qu Y, Li W, Li H, Luo F, Qian Z. Mesoporous Magnetic Gold “Nanoclusters” as Theranostic Carrier for Chemo-Photothermal Co-therapy of Breast Cancer. Theranostics 2014; 4(7):678-692. doi:10.7150/thno.7869. Available from