Anticancer effect of locally applicable aptamer-conjugated gemcitabine-loaded atelocollagen patch in pancreatic cancer patient–derived xenograft models

Seung Soo Hong, Sena Lee, Sung Hwan Lee, Seonhowa Kim, Doyoung Kim, Hanseul Park, Jongook Lee, Jung Hwan Lee, Chang Moo Kang

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We investigated the anticancer effect of the aptamer-conjugated gemcitabine-loaded atelocollagen patch in a pancreatic cancer patient–derived xenograft (PDX) model to propose a future potential adjuvant surgical strategy during curative pancreatic resection for pancreatic cancer. A pancreatic cancer PDX model was established. Animals were grouped randomly into a no-treatment control group; treatment group treated with intraperitoneal gemcitabine injection (IP-GEM) or aptamer-conjugated gemcitabine (APT:GEM); and transplant with three kinds of patches: atelocollagen-aptamer-gemcitabine (patch I), atelocollagen-inactive aptamer-gemcitabine (patch II), and atelocollagen-gemcitabine (patch III). Tumor volumes and response were evaluated based on histological analysis by H&E staining and Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was performed. Anticancer therapy–related toxicity was evaluated by hematologic findings. The patch I group showed the most significant reduction of tumor growth rate, compared with the no-treatment group (p < 0.05). However, other treatment groups were not found to show significant reduction in tumor growth rate (0.05 < p < 0.1). There was no microscopic evidence suggesting potential toxicity, such as inflammation, nor necrotic changes in liver, lung, kidney, and spleen tissue. In addition, no leukopenia, anemia, or neutropenia was observed in the patch I group. This implantable aptamer-drug conjugate system is thought to be a new surgical strategy to augment the oncologic significance of margin-negative resection in treating pancreatic cancer in near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1752-1762
Number of pages11
JournalCancer Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Industrial Strategic Technology Development Program/Bio‐Industry Core Technology Development Business (Promotion of Promising Bio IP Business) New Project (10078393) (Development of a drug‐delivery system that can sustain the release of drugs for more than one month and direct drug delivery therapeutic efficacy evaluation in pancreatic cancer by using the atelocollagen‐mediated aptamer‐drug conjugate stabilization source technology) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE, Korea).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Authors. Cancer Science published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Japanese Cancer Association.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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