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Enzyme and Cancer Cell Selectivity of Nanoparticles: Inhibition of 3-D Metastatic Phenotype and Experimental Melanoma by Zinc Oxide

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Biomedical applications for metal and metal oxide nanoparticles are rapidly increasing. Here their functional impact on two well-characterized model enzymes, Luciferase (Luc) or β-galactosidase (β-Gal) was quantitatively compared. Nickel oxide nanoparticle (NiO-NP) activated β-Gal (>400% control) and boron carbide nanoparticle (B4C-NP) inhibited Luc(<10% control), whereas zinc oxide (ZnO-NP) and cobalt oxide (Co3O4-NP) activated β-Gal to a lesser extent and magnesium oxide (MgO) moderately inhibited both enzymes. Melanoma specific killing was in the order; ZnO > B4C ≥ Cu > MgO > Co3O4 > Fe2O3 > NiO, ZnO-NP inhibiting B16F10 and A375 cells as well as ERK enzyme (>90%) and several other cancer-associated kinases (AKT, CREB, p70S6K). ZnO-NP or nanobelt (NB) serve as photoluminescence (PL) cell labels and inhibit 3-D multi-cellular tumor spheroid (MCTS) growth and were tested in a mouse melanoma model. These results demonstrate nanoparticle and enzyme specific biochemical activity and suggest their utility as new tools to explore the important model metastatic foci 3-D environment and their chemotherapeutic potential.
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Keywords: LUCIFERASE (LUC); METAL OXIDE NANOPARTICLE (MONP); MULTI-CELLULAR TUMOR SPHEROIDS (MCTS); NANO-BELT (NB); PHOTOLUMINESCENCE (PL); TWO DIMENSIONAL FLUORESCENCE DIFFERENCE SPECTROSCOPY (2-D FDS); β-GALACTOSIDASE (β-GAL)

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2017

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