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    Camptothecin‐Grafted DNA Tetrahedron as Precise Nanomedicine to Inhibit the Tumor Growth

    Most chemotherapeutics are hydrophobic molecules and need to be converted into hydrophilic form before administration. Based on the excellent hydrophilicity and programmability of DNA, herein, we report a general strategy to construct a precise drug‐containing DNA framework for cancer treatment. In this novel drug delivery system, carbonethyl bromide‐modified camptothecin (CPT) is employed to directly react with phosphorothioate (PS) modified DNAs, resulting in the formation of chemotherapeutics‐grafted DNAs with a responsive disulfide linkage. By tuning the number and site of PS modifications on DNA strands, hydrophilicity of the obtained DNA‐drug conjugates (DDCs) can be regulated to retain their aqueous solubility and capability of molecular recognition. Subsequently, programmable DNA nanotechnology enables the self‐assembly of a precise drug‐containing tetrahedral framework with stimuli‐responsive feature and enhanced antitumor efficacy both in vitro and in vivo.

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    Source:: Angewandte Chemie Int. edition


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