Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Golgi 19, 20133 Milano, Italy
Our continuous interest in the field of chemical approaches to target cancer cells moved us to study the preparation of a novel classes of conjugate compounds using anticancer drugs as building blocks. In previous efforts we used squalene tail as a self-assembling inducer  and a disulphide-containing linker to secure the release of the drugs after cell internalization . Subsequently we demonstrated the possibility to generate hetero- and fluorescent nanoparticles by mixing a paclitaxel-squalene conjugates and fluorescein-squalene conjugates .
In order to address the highly demanding issue of resistance  we studied the formation of cyclopamine-paclitaxel containing nanoparticles, and we characterized their internalization by confocal microscopy and super-resolution . Our efforts are actually focused on: a) new combination of drugs to overcome drug resistance, b) new self-assembling inducers , c) new hetero-nanoparticles and d) new drug-conjugates deriving by modification of bioactive natural products.
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