Efficient Drug Delivery and Induction of Apoptosis in Colorectal Tumors Using a Death Receptor 5-Targeted Nanomedicine

Daniela Schmid, Francois Fay, Donna M Small, Jakub Jaworski, Joel S Riley, Diana Tegazzini, Cathy Fenning, David S Jones, Patrick G Johnston, Daniel B Longley, Christopher J Scott

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Death Receptor 5 (DR5) is a pro-apoptotic cell-surface receptor that is a potential therapeutic target in cancer. Despite the potency of DR5-targeting agents in preclinical models, the translation of these effects into the clinic remains disappointing. Herein, we report an alternative approach to exploiting DR5 tumor expression using antibody-targeted, chemotherapy-loaded nanoparticles. We describe the development of an optimized polymer-based nanotherapeutic incorporating both a functionalized polyethylene glycol (PEG) layer and targeting antibodies to limit premature phagocytic clearance whilst enabling targeting of DR5-expressing tumor cells. Using the HCT116 colorectal cancer model, we show that following binding to DR5, the nanoparticles activate caspase 8, enhancing the anti-tumor activity of the camptothecin payload both in vitro and in vivo. Importantly, the combination of nanoparticle-induced DR5 clustering with camptothecin delivery overcomes resistance to DR5-induced apoptosis caused by loss of BAX or overexpression of anti-apoptotic FLIP. This novel approach may improve the clinical activity of DR5-targeted therapeutics while increasing tumor-specific delivery of systemically toxic chemotherapeutics.Molecular Therapy (2014); doi:10.1038/mt.2014.137.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2083-2092
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular therapy : the journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Issue number12
Early online date23 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

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