Rod-shape inorganic biomimetic mutual-reinforcing MnO2-Au nanozymes for catalysis-enhanced hypoxic tumor therapy


Biomimetic nanozymes possessing natural enzyme-mimetic activities have been extensively applied in nanocatalytic tumor therapy. However, engineering hybrid biomimetic nanozymes to achieve superior nanozyme activity remained to be an intractable challenge in hypoxic tumors. Herein, a rod-like biomimetic hybrid inorganic MnO2-Au nanozymes are developed, where MnO2 and ultrasmall Au nanoparticles (NPs) are successively deposited on the mesoporous silica nanorod to cooperatively improve the O2 content and thermal sensitivity of hypoxic solid tumors guided by multi-modal imaging. Under the catalyzing of MnO2, the intratumoral H2O2 is decomposed to greatly accelerate O2 generation, which could boost the curative effect of radiation therapy (RT) and further enhance the Au-catalyzed glucose oxidation. Mutually, the Au NPs can steadily and efficiently catalyze the oxidation of glucose in harsh tumor microenvironment, thus sensitizing tumor cells to thermal ablation for mild photothermal therapy and further promoting the catalytic efficiency of MnO2 with the self-supplied H2O2/H+. As a result, this mutual-reinforcing cycle can endow the nanoplatform with accelerated O2 generation, thus alleviating hypoxic environment and further boosting RT effect. Furthermore, acute glucose consuming can induce downregulation expression of heat shock protein (HSP), achieving starvation-promoted mild photothermal therapy. This synthesized hybrid nanozymes proves to be a versatile theranostic agent for nanocatalytic cancer therapy.

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This work was supported by Young Elite Scientists Sponsorship Program by Tianjin (No. 0701320001). And this work was partially supported by the grants of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 31971106 and 81372124).

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Yang, L., Ren, C., Xu, M. et al. Rod-shape inorganic biomimetic mutual-reinforcing MnO2-Au nanozymes for catalysis-enhanced hypoxic tumor therapy. Nano Res. (2020).

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  • nanozyme
  • self-supplied
  • mutual-reinforcing
  • hypoxia
  • catalysis-enhanced therapy