Tuning the In Vivo Transport of Anticancer Drugs Using Renal-Clearable Gold Nanoparticles

Chuanqi Peng, Jing Xu, Mengxiao Yu, Xuhui Ning, Yingyu Huang, Bujie Du, Elizabeth Hernandez, Payal Kapur, Jer Tsong Hsieh, Jie Zheng

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Precise control of in vivo transport of anticancer drugs in normal and cancerous tissues with engineered nanoparticles is key to the future success of cancer nanomedicines in clinics. This requires a fundamental understanding of how engineered nanoparticles impact the targeting-clearance and permeation-retention paradoxes in the anticancer-drug delivery. Herein, we systematically investigated how renal-clearable gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) affect the permeation, distribution, and retention of the anticancer drug doxorubicin in both cancerous and normal tissues. Renal-clearable AuNPs retain the advantages of the free drug, including rapid tumor targeting and high tumor vascular permeability. The renal-clearable AuNPs also accelerated body clearance of off-target drug via renal elimination. These results clearly indicate that diverse in vivo transport behaviors of engineered nanoparticles can be used to reconcile long-standing paradoxes in the anticancer drug delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8479-8483
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number25
StatePublished - Jun 17 2019


  • drug delivery
  • enhanced permeability and retention effect
  • gold nanoparticles
  • renal clearance
  • tumor targeting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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