Stealth Liposomal Chemotherapeutic Agent for Triple Negative Breast Cancer with Improved Pharmacokinetics

. 2022 Aug 21;6(4):424-435.

doi: 10.7150/ntno.76370.

eCollection 2022.


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Nagavendra Kommineni et al.




Triple-negative breast cancer is one of the most lethal cancers. Chemotherapeutics for targeting CDK4 and CDK6 like Palbociclib (PAB) in triple-negative breast cancer was widely explored. However, poor bioavailability and severe side effects profile limiting its clinical usage in the field of cancer chemotherapy. Herein, we set out to develop the stealth liposomes (LPS) of PAB by rotary thin film evaporation with a vesicle size of less than 100 nm. In vitro, drug release studies were performed and fitted into different release kinetic models. LPS were characterized by electron microscopic techniques for morphology. The engineered nanotherapeutics agents were further evaluated in 4T1 triple-negative breast cancer cell lines for its anti-cancer potential and cellular uptake. The hemolytic potential and pharmacokinetic (PK) behavior of developed LPS-PAB and PAB were analyzed by using robust UHPLC-QTOF-MS method. LPS-PAB demonstrates biphasic release profile with first-order release kinetics. Further, LPS-PAB has shown less IC50 value (1.99 µM) compared to PAB alone (3.24 µM). The designed nanoliposomes were tagged with fluorescent FITC dye to check rapid cellular uptake. Importantly, stealth LPS-PAB has shown a 1.75-fold reduction in hemolytic potential as compared to PAB plain drug at 100 µg/mL concentration. The PK results obtained was displayed 2.5-fold increase in Cmax, 1.45-fold increase in AUCtot, 1.8-fold increase in half-life and 1.3-fold increase in MRT with LPS-PAB when compared to orally administered PAB suspension. These findings suggest that novel LPS-PAB can be employed as an alternate therapeutic strategy to eradicate triple-negative breast cancer.


Liposomes; PEGylation; Palbociclib; Pharmacokinetics; Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

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Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.

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