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Hyaluronic acid-modified polyamidoamine dendrimer G5-entrapped gold nanoparticles delivering METase gene inhibits gastric tumor growth via targeting CD44+ gastric cancer cells

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Gastric cancer (GC) is the second most common leading cause of cancer-related death. Cancer stem cell (CSC) with the mark of CD44 played an important role in GC. rMETase was wildly exploited as chemotherapeutic option for GC. Polymers synthetic nanoparticle drug delivery systems have been commonly used for cancer therapy. With the decorating of Hyaluronic acid (HA), a receptor of CD44, nanoparticles exhibit with good biocompatibility and aqueous solubility.


The characteristic of nanoparticles (NPs) was analyzed by TEM and DLS. The viability and proliferation of GC cells were examined by MTT assays. The levels of CD44, Cyt C, and c-caspase 3 were examined by Western blot. The level of ROS was measured by DCFH-DA assays. The morphology of tissues was detected using hematoxylin–eosin (H&E) stain. Nude mice xenograft models were used to evaluate the effect of HA-PAMAM-Au-METase on GC.


The transfection of rMETase carried by HA-G5 PAMAM-Au visibly inhibited the proliferation and tumorsphere formation of GC cells through obviously enhancing METase activity. Elevation of METase activity suppressed the proliferation of CD44(+) GC cells through down-regulating MET in cellular supernatant that resulted in the increase of Cyc C and ROS levels. The number of CD44(+) GC cells in nude mice injected with G5 PAMAM-Au-METase decorated by HA was markly declined resulting in the inhibition of tumor growth.


HA-G5 PAMAM-Au-METase significantly suppressed tumor growth of GC by targeted damaging the mitochondrial function of CD44(+) gastric CSCs.

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This work was supported by The National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 81560492 and 81760549).

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Li, Y., Zhang, H. & Xin, L. Hyaluronic acid-modified polyamidoamine dendrimer G5-entrapped gold nanoparticles delivering METase gene inhibits gastric tumor growth via targeting CD44+ gastric cancer cells. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol 144, 1463–1473 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00432-018-2678-5

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  • HA-PAMAM-Au-METase
  • CD44
  • Gastric cancer stem cells