The development of multidrug resistance in cancer is one of the leading causes for decreased chemotherapy efficacy and is particularly threatening to aggressive cancers such as that of the pancreas. In cancers where chemotherapy is amongst the few treatment options, it is crucial to develop chemotherapeutics that either bypass or control the development of multidrug resistance. Polymeric nanomaterials such as PluronicsÂ® are of current interest due to their ability to perform these functions in addition to enhancing pro-apoptotic mechanisms. Using the respectively known chemosensitive and chemoresistant pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell lines MiaPaCa-2 and PANC-1, an in vitro analysis of the synergistic effect using 5-fluorouracil in conjugation with PluronicÂ® F127 was performed. By monitoring cell viability and regulation of cell cycle, we were able to show that compared to the use of 5-flurouracil alone, there was enhanced cytotoxicity when using drug associated with PluronicÂ® F127 in MiaPaCa-2 cells. The more chemoresistant cell line PANC-1 showed no significant enhancement of 5-fluorouracil cytotoxicity when associated with PluronicÂ® F127. Enhanced cytotoxicity due to the use of PluronicÂ® F127 may potentially become an exploitable feature for novel chemotherapeutic development in the future.
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Master of Science (MS)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Neoplasms -- Drug therapy;
Subject - Local
Nanomaterials, Multidrug Resistance, Chemotherapy, Cancer
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Livingstone, Wesley, "Nanomaterials and Block Copolymers for Overcoming Multidrug Resistance in Cancer" (2011). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. Paper 42.
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