A soft X-ray activated lanthanide scintillator for controllable NO release and gas-sensitized cancer therapy

Mingyang Jiang, Zhenluan Xue, Youbin Li, Hongrong Liu, Songjun Zeng, Jianhua Hao

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Multifunctional light stimuli-responsive NO-based gaseous theranostic systems are highly desirable due to them directly killing cancer cells at high concentration (>1 μM) with minimized adverse effects. However, on-demand NO-releasing nano-platforms for deep-tissue gas-based cancer therapy have not yet been explored. Herein, we develop a new type of soft X-ray-activated NaYF4:Gd/Tb scintillator as a light transducer for depth-independent NO release and on-demand gas-sensitized cancer therapy. Benefiting from the excellent radioluminescent property of NaYF4:Gd/Tb, deep-tissue (up to 3 cm) NO release can be achieved by ultralow dosage soft X-ray (45 kVp, 0.18-0.85 mGy) irradiation. More importantly, the designed scintillator-based NO gasotransmitter presents significant inhibition of tumor growth under ultralow dosage soft X-ray irradiation. Therefore, such a soft X-ray activated NO-releasing nanoplatform provides a promising depth-independent gaseous therapy mode for defeating deep-seated cancer in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-273
Number of pages6
JournalNanoscale Horizons
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

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  • Materials Science(all)

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