Elena Oleshkevich, Anna Morancho, Arpita Saha, Koen M.O. Galenkamp, Alba Grayston, Simonetta Geninatti Crich, Diego Alberti, Nicoletta Protti, Joan X. Comella, Francesc Teixidor, Anna Rosell, Clara Viñas. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine. Volume 20, August 2019, 101986.
The potential biomedical applications of the MNPs nanohybrids coated with m-carboranylphosphinate (1-MNPs) as a theranostic biomaterial for cancer therapy were tested. The cellular uptake and toxicity profile of 1-MNPs from culture media by human brain endothelial cells (hCMEC/D3) and glioblastoma multiform A172 cell line were demonstrated. Prior to testing 1-MNPs' in vitro toxicity, studies of colloidal stability of the 1-MNPs' suspension in different culture media and temperatures were carried out. TEM images and chemical titration confirmed that 1-MNPs penetrate into cells. Additionally, to explore 1-MNPs' potential use in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) for treating cancer locally, the presence of the m-carboranyl coordinated with the MNPs core after uptake was proven by XPS and EELS. Importantly, thermal neutrons irradiation in BNCT reduced by 2.5 the number of cultured glioblastoma cells after 1-MNP treatment, and the systemic administration of 1-MNPs in mice was well tolerated with no major signs of toxicity.