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      BCc1, the novel antineoplastic nanocomplex, showed potent anticancer effects in vitro and in vivo

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          In spite of all the efforts and researches on anticancer therapeutics, an absolute treatment is still a myth. Therefore, it is necessary to utilize novel technologies in order to synthesize smart multifunctional structures. In this study, for the first time, we have evaluated the anticancer effects of BCc1 nanocomplex by vitro and in vivo studies, which is designed based on the novel nanochelating technology.


          Human breast adenocarcinoma cell line (MCF-7) and mouse embryonic fibroblasts were used for the in vitro study. Antioxidant potential, cell toxicity, apoptosis induction, and CD44 and CD24 protein expression were evaluated after treatment of cells with different concentrations of BCc1 nanocomplex. For the in vivo study, mammary tumor-bearing female Balb/c mice were treated with different doses of BCc1 and their effects on tumor growth rate and survival were evaluated.


          BCc1 decreased CD44 protein expression and increased CD24 protein expression. It induced MCF-7 cell apoptosis but at the same concentrations did not have negative effects on mouse embryonic fibroblasts viability and protected them against oxidative stress. Treatment with nanocomplex increased survival and reduced the tumor size growth in breast cancer-bearing balb/c mice.


          These results demonstrate that BCc1 has the capacity to be assessed as a new anticancer agent in complementary studies.

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                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                Dove Medical Press
                30 December 2015
                : 10
                : 59-70
                [1 ]Department of Research and Development, Sodour Ahrar Shargh Company, Tehran, Iran
                [2 ]Cancer Research Centre, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
                [3 ]Stem Cell Technology Research Center, Tehran, Iran
                [4 ]Department of Pathology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
                [5 ]Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
                [6 ]Department of Haematology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
                [7 ]Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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                Correspondence: Mohammad Esmaeil Akbari, Cancer Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Tel +98 21 2272 4090, Fax +98 21 2274 9213, Email crcsbmu@ 123456gmail.com
                Mohammad Hassan Nazaran, Department of Research and Development, Sodour Ahrar Shargh Co., Tehran, Iran, Tel +98 21 8899 2123, Fax +98 21 8895 3212, Email mnazaran@ 123456nanochelatingtechnology.com
                © 2016 Kalanaky et al. This work is published by Dove Medical Press Limited, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License

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