Targeting Delivery of Platelets Inhibitor to Prevent Tumor Metastasis

Marzieh Geranpayehvaghei, Quanwei Shi, Baochang Zhao, Suping Li, Junchao Xu, Mohammad Taleb, Hao Qin, Yinlong Zhang, Khosro Khajeh, Guangjun Nie

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Activated platelets have a high affinity for tumor cells, and consequently, they can protect tumor cells from environmental stress and immune attacks. Therefore, preventing platelet-tumor cell interaction can lead to the elimination of circulating tumor cells via natural killer cells and finally metastasis inhibition. It is also shown that CREKA (Cys-Arg-Glu-Lys-Ala), a tumor-homing pentapeptide, targets fibrin-fibronectin complexes that are found on the tumor stroma and the vessel walls. In this study, we linked CREKA to Ticagrelor, a reversible antagonist of the P2Y12 receptor on platelets. In vitro experiments indicated that CREKA-Ticagrelor could not only inhibit the platelet-induced migration of tumor cells with an invasive phenotype but also prevent tumor-platelet interaction. In vivo antitumor and antimetastasis results of this drug showed that CREKA-Ticagrelor could specifically target the tumor tissues within 24 h post intravenous injection and suppress lung metastasis. Meanwhile, by having this antiplatelet drug targeted, its side effects were minimized, and bleeding risk was decreased. Thus, CREKA-Ticagrelor offers an efficient antimetastatic agent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2349-2357
Number of pages9
JournalBioconjugate chemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 18 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry


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