A PD-L1 Aptamer Selected by Loss-Gain Cell-SELEX Conjugated with Paclitaxel for Treating Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
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AbstractBackground: The clinical challenges of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) includes the lack of targeted therapy and chemo- resistance. TNBC has relatively high PD-L1 expression, and PD-L1 antibody in combination with nab-paclitaxel has been approved by FDA for TNBC treatment. Aptamers, also termed chemical antibody, are widely used in targeted drug delivery. The present study aimed to select a DNA aptamer that could specifically bind and deliver drugs to TNBC cells.

Material/Methods: An innovative loss-gain cell-SELEX strategy was used to select DNA aptamer for PD-L1 protein. Construction of PD-L1 knock-out and over-expression MDA-MB-231 cell lines were conducted through transfection and confirmed by western blot and flow cytometry. Confocal microscopy and flow cytometry were used to analyze the binding ability of aptamer with TNBC cells. The cytotoxicity of aptamer-paclitaxel complex against TNBC cells was evaluated by Cell Counting Kit-8 assay. The reactivation of the T cell function by aptamer was measured by IL-2 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay after T cells co-cultured with tumor cells.

Results: In this work, using an innovative loss-gain cell-SELEX strategy, we screened a PD-L1-targeting aptamer. PD-L1 aptamer selectively bound to PD-L1 over-expressed TNBC cells with a dissociation constant in the nanomolar range. PD-L1 aptamer could also inhibit PD-1/PD-L1 interaction and restore the function of T cells. Moreover, we developed a PD-L1 aptamer-paclitaxel conjugate which showed improved cellular uptake and anti-proliferation efficacy in PD-L1 over-expressed TNBC cells.

Conclusions: In summary, these findings suggest that the selected PD-L1 aptamer might have potential implication in im- mune modulation and targeted therapy against TNBC.
All Author(s) ListXiaoqiu Wu, Fangfei Li, Yongshu Li, Yuanyuan Yu, Chao Liang, Baoting Zhang, Chuanzong Zhao, Aiping Lu, Ge Zhang
Journal nameMedical Science Monitor
Year2020
Month6
Day23
Volume Number26
PublisherInternational Scientific Information
Article numbere925583
ISSN1234-1010
eISSN1643-3750
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsAptamers, Nucleotide, Programmed Cell Death 1 Receptor, SELEX Aptamer Technique, Triple Negative Breast Neoplasms

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