EGFR-Targeted Cationic Polymeric Mixed Micelles for Codelivery of Gemcitabine and miR-205 for Treating Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

Goutam Mondal, Saud Almawash, Amit Kumar Chaudhary, Ram I. Mahato

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Gemcitabine (GEM), a first-line chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer undergoes rapid metabolism and develops chemoresistance after repeated administration. We previously demonstrated that the combination of GEM and miR-205 provides an effective therapeutic strategy to sensitize GEM-resistant pancreatic cancer cells. Since epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is overexpressed in pancreatic cancer cells, in this study, we aimed to deliver mixed micelles containing GEM and miR-205 decorated with EGFR-targeting cetuximab (C225) monoclonal antibody for targeted therapy. Cetuximab C225 was conjugated to malemido-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(2-methyl-2-carboxyl-propylene carbonate-graft-dodecanol (C225-PEG-PCD) to prepare mixed micelles with mPEG-b-PCC-g-GEM-g-DC-g-TEPA for targeted codelivery of GEM and miR-205. This mixed micelle formulation showed a significant enhancement in EGFR-mediated cellular uptake in GEM-resistant MIA PaCa-2R cells. Further, an enhanced tumor accumulation of C225-micelles conjugated with near-infrared fluorescent Cy7.5 dye and Dy677-labeled miR-205 in orthotopic pancreatic tumor bearing NSG mice was evident after systemic administration. In addition, inhibition of tumor growth was also observed with increased apoptosis and reduced EMT after treatment with C225-micelles containing GEM and miR-205. Therefore, we believe that the targeted delivery of GEM and miR-205 in combination could be a novel strategy for treating advanced pancreatic cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3121-3133
Number of pages13
JournalMolecular Pharmaceutics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 5 2017


  • C225
  • EGFR
  • gemcitabine
  • miR-205
  • pancreatic cancer
  • polymeric mixed micelles
  • targeted drug delivery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery


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