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Title: Metal organic framework-coated gold nanorod as an on-demand drug delivery platform for chemo-photothermal cancer therapy
Authors: Huang, J
Xu, Z
jiang, Y
Law, WC 
Dong, B
Zeng, X
Ma, M
Xu, G
Zou, J
Yang, C
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Journal of nanobiotechnology, 2021, v. 19, 219
Abstract: Chemo-photothermal therapy based on nanoparticles has emerged as a promising strategy for cancer treatment. However, its therapeutic efficacy and application potential are largely subjected to the uncontrollability and biotoxicity of functional nanoplatforms. Herein, a novel biocompatible and biodegradable metal organic framework (MOF), which was constructed by growing crystalline zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 on gold nanoroad (Au@ZIF-8), was designed and fabricated for efficient drug loading and controlled release. Owing to the large surface area and guest-matching pore size of ZIF-8, doxorubicin (DOX) was successfully loaded into the Au@ZIF-8 with a high drug loading efficiency of ~ 37%. Under NIR light or weakly acidic environment, the ZIF-8 layer was quickly degraded, which resulted in an on-demand drug release in tumour site. More importantly, under the irradiation of near infrared (NIR) laser, highly efficient cancer treatment was achieved in both in vitro cell experiment and in vivo tumour-bearing nude mice experiment due to the synergistic effect of photothermal (PTT) therapy and chemotherapy. In addition, the in vivo study revealed the good biocompatibility of Au@ZIF-8. This work robustly suggested that Au@ZIF-8 could be further explored as a drug delivery system for chemo-photothermal synergistic therapy.
Keywords: Biocompatible
Drug delivery
Gold nanorod
Metal organic framework
Photothermal therapy
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Journal: Journal of nanobiotechnology 
EISSN: 1477-3155
DOI: 10.1186/s12951-021-00961-x
Rights: © The Author(s) 2021. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativeco The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated in a credit line to the data.
The following publication Huang, J., Xu, Z., jiang, Y. et al. Metal organic framework-coated gold nanorod as an on-demand drug delivery platform for chemo-photothermal cancer therapy. J Nanobiotechnol 19, 219 (2021) is available at
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