Metal organic framework-coated gold nanorod as an on-demand drug delivery platform for chemo-photothermal cancer therapy

Junfeng Huang, Zhourui Xu, Yihang jiang, Wing cheung Law, Biqin Dong, Xierong Zeng, Mingze Ma, Gaixia Xu, Jizhao Zou, Chengbin Yang

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Chemo-photothermal therapy based on nanoparticles has emerged as a promising strategy for cancer treatment. However, its therapeutic efficacy and application potential are largely subjected to the uncontrollability and biotoxicity of functional nanoplatforms. Herein, a novel biocompatible and biodegradable metal organic framework (MOF), which was constructed by growing crystalline zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 on gold nanoroad (Au@ZIF-8), was designed and fabricated for efficient drug loading and controlled release. Owing to the large surface area and guest-matching pore size of ZIF-8, doxorubicin (DOX) was successfully loaded into the Au@ZIF-8 with a high drug loading efficiency of ~ 37%. Under NIR light or weakly acidic environment, the ZIF-8 layer was quickly degraded, which resulted in an on-demand drug release in tumour site. More importantly, under the irradiation of near infrared (NIR) laser, highly efficient cancer treatment was achieved in both in vitro cell experiment and in vivo tumour-bearing nude mice experiment due to the synergistic effect of photothermal (PTT) therapy and chemotherapy. In addition, the in vivo study revealed the good biocompatibility of Au@ZIF-8. This work robustly suggested that Au@ZIF-8 could be further explored as a drug delivery system for chemo-photothermal synergistic therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number219
JournalJournal of Nanobiotechnology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Biocompatible
  • Drug delivery
  • Gold nanorod
  • Metal organic framework
  • Photothermal therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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