In this study, nanoparticles that release anticancer drugs upon irradiation were developed. Here, MM46 and MM48 tumors in C3He/N mice were irradiated. Furthermore, the intravenously (i.v.) injected nanoparticles were tested for their ability to deliver the anticancer drug, increase the antitumor effect via a synergistic effect of combining targeted anticancer drugs with radiation and decrease adverse effects by localizing the anticancer drug. The nanoparticles were prepared by spraying a mixture of hyaluronic acid and alginate, supplemented with carboplatin, into a solution of CaCl2 and FeCl2 through a 0.8-lm-pore stainless mesh filter. Nanoparticles (1 × 1010) were i.v. injected and irradiated (100-KeV soft X rays, 10–40 Gy) when the accumulation of particles peaked. The nanoparticles were 547 ± 43 nm in diameter. The i.v.-injected nanoparticles accumulated around tumors. Maximum accumulations were observed 9 h post-injection. Subsequently, 10–40 Gy of radiation was administered. The accumulated nanoparticles released the carboplatin and gelatinized their outer shells, which prolonged the intra-tumor concentration of carboplatin and increased the radiation-induced synergistic antitumor effect. The localization of carboplatin by nanoparticles significantly reduced the adverse effects of the anticancer drug.
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