Complex of C60 Fullerene with Doxorubicin as a Promising Agent in Antitumor Therapy.

Research paper by Svitlana V SV Prylutska, Larysa M LM Skivka, Gennadiy V GV Didenko, Yuriy I YI Prylutskyy, Maxim P MP Evstigneev, Grygoriy P GP Potebnya, Rostyslav R RR Panchuk, Rostyslav S RS Stoika, Uwe U Ritter, Peter P Scharff

Indexed on: 31 Dec '15Published on: 31 Dec '15Published in: Nanoscale Research Letters


The main aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of doxorubicin in complex with C60 fullerene (C60 + Dox) on the growth and metastasis of Lewis lung carcinoma in mice and to perform a primary screening of the potential mechanisms of C60 + Dox complex action. We found that volume of tumor from mice treated with the C60 + Dox complex was 1.4 times less than that in control untreated animals. The number of metastatic foci in lungs of animals treated with C60 + Dox complex was two times less than that in control untreated animals. Western blot analysis of tumor lysates revealed a significant decrease in the level of heat-shock protein 70 in animals treated with C60 + Dox complex. Moreover, the treatment of tumor-bearing mice was accompanied by the increase of cytotoxic activity of immune cells. Thus, the potential mechanisms of antitumor effect of C60 + Dox complex include both its direct action on tumor cells by inducing cell death and increasing of stress sensitivity and an immunomodulating effect. The obtained results provide a scientific basis for further application of C60 + Dox nanocomplexes as treatment agents in cancer chemotherapy.