Polymer nanotherapeutics from IMC in the Journal of Controlled Release

The results of the research of Ondřej Lidický and Tomáš Etrych from the Department of Biomedical Polymers have been published in the prestigious Journal of Controlled Release. The research deals with the active targeting of polymeric nanotherapeutics intended for the treatment of oncological diseases in cases where tumor regrowth occurs after treatment has already been applied. New polymeric nanotherapeutics are a hope for the effective treatment of a so-called relapse, when the tumor tissue is often less sensitive to the therapeutics used due to previous treatment.


B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (B-NHL) represent the most common type of hematologic malignancies in the Western hemisphere. The therapy of all B-NHL is based on the combination of different genotoxic cytostatics and anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (mAb) rituximab. Unfortunately, many patients relapse after the mentioned front-line treatment approaches. The therapy of patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) B-NHL represents an unmet medical need. We designed, developed and tested novel actively targeted hybrid mAb-polymer-drug conjugate (APDC) containing anti-CD20, anti-CD38 or anti-CD19 mAbs. Biocompatible copolymers based on N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide (HPMA) with cytostatic agent doxorubicin attached via stimuli-sensitive hydrazone bond were employed for the mAb grafting. Anti-lymphoma efficacy of the APDC nanotherapeutics was evaluated in vivo on a panel of three patient-derived lymphoma xenografts derived from two patients with R/R B-NHL and one patient with so far untreated B-NHL. In both PDX models derived from patients with R/R B-NHL, the targeting with anti-CD38 antibody daratumumab demonstrated highly improved anti-lymphoma efficacy compared to the targeting with anti-CD20 rituximab, two experimental anti-CD19 antibodies and non-targeted controls. The results represent a proof-of-concept of a new algorithm of personalized anti-tumor therapy based on highly innovative APDC biomaterials.

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