John Garner

PLGA-Glucose from PolySciTech used in cancer glucose-targeting nanoparticle development for cancer therapy

Blog Post created by John Garner on Oct 31, 2017

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Cancer cells are typically considered to act ‘hungry,’ as they consume glucose and oxygen at much faster rates than normal cells. For this, they have over-expressed glucose uptake transporters to absorb more of this energy filled sugar. This provides one method of targeting cancer which is to focus on their over-uptake of glucose as a targeting strategy. Recently, researchers at Seoul National University and Kangwon National University (Korea) utilized PLGA and PLGA-glucose from PolySciTech ( (PolyVivo AP027 (PLGA-glucose) and AP041 (PLGA)) to create nanoparticles which target to the glucose uptake transporters of cancer cells. This research holds promise for improved cancer treatments by targeted delivery. Read more: Park, Ju-Hwan, Hyun-Jong Cho, and Dae-Duk Kim. "Poly ((D, L) lactic-glycolic) acid–star glucose nanoparticles for glucose transporter and hypoglycemia-mediated tumor targeting." International Journal of Nanomedicine 12 (2017): 7453.


  “Poly((D,L)lactic-glycolic)acid–star glucose (PLGA-Glc) polymer-based nanoparticles (NPs) were fabricated for tumor-targeted delivery of docetaxel (DCT). NPs with an approximate mean diameter of 241 nm, narrow size distribution, negative zeta potential, and spherical shape were prepared. A sustained drug release pattern from the developed NPs was observed for 13 days. Moreover, drug release from PLGA-Glc NPs at acidic pH (endocytic compartments and tumor regions) was significantly improved compared with that observed at physiological pH (normal tissues and organs). DCT-loaded PLGA-Glc NPs (DCT/PLGA-Glc NPs) exhibited an enhanced antiproliferation efficiency rather than DCT-loaded PLGA NPs (DCT/PLGA NPs) in Hep-2 cells, which can be regarded as glucose transporters (GLUTs)-positive cells, at ≥50 ng/mL DCT concentration range. Under glucose-deprived (hypoglycemic) conditions, the cellular uptake efficiency of the PLGA-Glc NPs was higher in Hep-2 cells compared to that observed in PLGA NPs. Cy5.5-loaded NPs were prepared and injected into a Hep-2 tumor-xenografted mouse model for in vivo near-infrared fluorescence imaging. The PLGA-Glc NPs group exhibited higher fluorescence intensity in the tumor region than the PLGA NPs group. These results imply that the PLGA-Glc NPs have active tumor targeting abilities based on interactions with GLUTs and the hypoglycemic conditions in the tumor region. Therefore, the developed PLGA-Glc NPs may represent a promising tumor-targeted delivery system for anticancer drugs. Keywords: PLGA-Glc, nanoparticles, glucose transporter, hypoxia, tumor targeting”