EDB fibronectin specific peptide for prostate cancer targeting

Zheng Han, Zhuxian Zhou, Xiaoyue Shi, Junpeng Wang, Xiaohui Wu, Da Sun, Yinghua Chen, Hui Zhu, Cristina Magi-Galluzzi, Zheng Rong Lu

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Extradomain-B fibronectin (EDB-FN), one of the oncofetal fibronectin (onfFN) isoforms, is a high-molecular-weight glycoprotein that mediates cell adhesion and migration. The expression of EDB-FN is associated with a number of cancer-related biological processes such as tumorigenesis, angiogenesis, and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Here, we report the development of a small peptide specific to EDB-FN for targeting prostate cancer. A cyclic nonapeptide, CTVRTSADC (ZD2), was identified using peptide phage display. A ZD2-Cy5 conjugate was synthesized to accomplish molecular imaging of prostate cancer in vitro and in vivo. ZD2-Cy5 demonstrated effective binding to up-regulated EDB-FN secreted by TGF-β-induced PC3 cancer cells following EMT. Following intravenous injections, the targeted fluorescent probe specifically bound to and delineated PC3-GFP prostate tumors in nude mice bearing the tumor xenografts. ZD2-Cy5 also showed stronger binding to human prostate tumor specimens with a higher Gleason score (GS9) compared to those with a lower score (GS 7), with no binding in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Thus, the ZD2 peptide is a promising strategy for molecular imaging and targeted therapy of prostate cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)830-838
Number of pages9
JournalBioconjugate Chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 20 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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