Pharmaceutical Research

, 36:182 | Cite as

E-Jet 3D-Printed Scaffolds as Sustained Multi-Drug Delivery Vehicles in Breast Cancer Therapy

  • Xiaoyin Qiao
  • Yikun Yang
  • Ruiying Huang
  • Xuelei Shi
  • Haoxiang Chen
  • Jian Wang
  • Yanxiang ChenEmail author
  • Yongjun Tan
  • Zhikai TanEmail author
Research Paper



Combination chemotherapy is gradually receiving more attention because of its potential synergistic effect and reduced drug doses in clinical application. However, how to precisely control drug release dose and time using vehicles remains a challenge. This work developed an efficient drug delivery system to combat breast cancer, which can enhance drug effects despite reducing its concentration.


Controlled-release poly-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) scaffolds were fabricated by E-jet 3D printing to deliver doxorubicin (DOX) and cisplatin (CDDP) simultaneously.


This drug delivery system allowed the use of a reduced drug dosage resulting in a better effect on the human breast cancer cell apoptosis and inhibiting tumor growth, compared with the effect of each drug and the two drugs administrated without PLGA scaffolds. Our study suggested that DOX-CDDP-PLGA scaffolds could efficiently destroy MDA-MB-231 cells and restrain tumor growth.


The 3D printed PLGA scaffolds with their time-programmed drug release might be useful as a new multi-drug delivery vehicle in cancer therapy, which has a potential advantage in a long term tumor cure and prevention of tumor recurrence.

Key Words

cisplatin combination chemotherapy controlled release doxorubicin E-jet 3D printing 



This study was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31600782), Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Province (No. 2019JJ40018), Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Commission (No. JCYJ20170818112151323), and Hunan University (No. 53112102). The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaoyin Qiao
    • 1
  • Yikun Yang
    • 1
  • Ruiying Huang
    • 1
  • Xuelei Shi
    • 1
  • Haoxiang Chen
    • 1
  • Jian Wang
    • 1
  • Yanxiang Chen
    • 2
    Email author
  • Yongjun Tan
    • 1
  • Zhikai Tan
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.College of BiologyHunan UniversityChangshaChina
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Renmin HospitalWuhan UniversityWuhanChina
  3. 3.Shenzhen InstituteHunan UniversityShenzhenChina

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