Photoacoustic-immune therapy with a multi-purpose black phosphorus-based nanoparticle
photoacoustic therapy, mitochondrial targeting, black phosphorus, immunotherapy, checkpoint blockade
Effective therapeutic strategies to precisely eradicate primary tumors with minimal side effects on normal tissue, inhibit metastases, and prevent tumor relapses, are the ultimate goals in the battle against cancer. We report a novel therapeutic strategy that combines adjuvant black phosphorus nanoparticle-based photoacoustic (PA) therapy with checkpoint-blockade immunotherapy. With the mitochondria targeting nanoparticle, PA therapy can achieve localized mechanical damage of mitochondria via PA cavitation and thus achieve precise eradication of the primary tumor. More importantly, PA therapy can generate tumor-associated antigens via the presence of the R848-containing nanoparticles as an adjuvant to promote strong antitumor immune responses. When combined with the checkpoint-blockade using anti-cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4, the generated immunological responses will further promote the infiltrating CD8 and CD4 T-cells to increase the CD8/Foxp3 T-cell ratio to inhibit the growth of distant tumors beyond the direct impact range of the PA therapy. Furthermore, the number of memory T cells detected in the spleen is increased, and these cells inhibit tumor recurrence. This proposed strategy offers precise eradication of the primary tumor and can induce long-term tumor-specific immunity.
Tsinghua University Press
Fanchu Zeng, Huan Qin, Liming Liu, Haocai Chang, Qun Chen, Linghua Wu, Le Zhang, Zhujun Wu, Da Xing. Photoacoustic-immune therapy with a multi-purpose black phosphorus-based nanoparticle. Nano Research 2020, 13(12): 3403-3415.