Nanotechnology-Based Cancer Vaccine

  • Aws AlshamsanEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1530)


Nanotechnology offers invaluable tools to tailor cancer vaccines in order to generate robust antitumor immune response. Among the types of vehicles for cancer vaccines, nanoparticles (NPs) are easier to produce with better scalability. Several nanostructures have been discussed in literature as potential delivery systems for cancer antigens. Here, we focus on polymeric NPs fabricated from poly(d,l-lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA). We describe how to prepare and characterize such NPs loaded with ovalbumin (OVA) antigen and immune adjuvant monophosphoryl lipid A (MPLA). We further describe methods to test the immune efficacy of such NPs in vitro and in vivo.

Key words

Cancer vaccine Nanoparticle (NPs) Poly(d,l-lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) Immunotherapy Dendritic cell (DC) 



This work was supported by King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology and the Deanship of Scientific Research, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nanomedicine Research Unit, Department of Pharmaceutics, College of PharmacyKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.King Abdullah Institute for NanotechnologyKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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