Epirubicin loaded with propylene glycol liposomes significantly overcomes multidrug resistance in breast cancer.Cancer Lett. 2013 Mar 01; 330(1):74-83.CL
Multidrug resistance (MDR) is one of the major reasons for the failure of cancer chemotherapy. A newly reported liposome carrier, propylene glycol liposomes (EPI-PG-liposomes) were made to load epirubicin (EPI) which enhanced EPI absorption in MDR tumor cells to overcome the drug resistance. MDA-MB 435 and their mutant resistant (MDA-MB 435/ADR) cells were used to examine the cellular uptake and P-gp function in vitro for EPI-PG-liposomes by fluorescence microscopy and FCM, respectively. Mammary tumor model was also established to investigate the tumor growth inhibition and pharmacodynamics of EPI-PG-liposomes in vivo. Morphology evaluation showed that EPI-PG-liposomes had a homogeneous spherical shape with an average diameter of 182 nm. Based on cell viability assay, fluorescent microscopy examination, and EPI uptake assay, EPI-PG-liposomes exhibited an effective growth inhibition not only in MDA-MB-435 cells, but also in MDA-MB 435/ADR cells. EPI-PG-liposomes have high permeability not only on tumor cell membrane, but also on cell nucleus membrane. P-gp function assay showed that the anticancer action of EPI-PG-liposomes was not related to P-gp efflux pump, suggesting that PG-liposomes would not affect the normal physiological functions of membrane proteins. EPI-PG-liposomes also showed a better antitumor efficacy compared to EPI solution alone. With high entrapment efficiency, spherical morphology and effective inhibition on MDR cancer cells, EPI-PG-liposomes may represent a better chemotherapeutic vectors for cancer targeted therapy.