Human Cancer Cell Membrane-Coated Biomimetic Nanoparticles Reduce Fibroblast-Mediated Invasion and Metastasis and Induce T-Cells

Jiefu Jin, Balaji Krishnamachary, James D. Barnett, Samit Chatterjee, Di Chang, Yelena Mironchik, Flonne Wildes, Elizabeth M. Jaffee, Sridhar Nimmagadda, Zaver M. Bhujwalla

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Biomimetic nanoparticles (NPs) combine the flexibility and reproducibility of synthetic materials with the functionality of biological materials. Here, we developed and characterized biomimetic poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) NPs coated with human cancer cell membrane fractions (CCMFs) to form CCMF-coated PLGA (CCMF-PLGA) NPs. We evaluated the ability of these CCMF-PLGA NPs to disrupt cancer cell-stromal cell interactions and to induce an immune response. Western blot analysis verified the plasma membrane purity of CCMFs. Confocal fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry confirmed the presence of intact membrane-associated proteins including CXCR4 and CD44 following membrane derivation and coating. CCMFs and CCMF-PLGA NPs were capable of inhibiting cancer cell migration toward human mammary fibroblasts. Intravenous injection of CCMF-PLGA NPs significantly reduced experimental metastasis in vivo. Following immunization of Balb/c mice, near-infrared fluorescence imaging confirmed the migration of NPs to proximal draining lymph nodes (LNs). A higher percentage of CD8 + and CD4 + cytotoxic T-lymphocyte populations was observed in spleens and LNs of CCMF-PLGA NP-immunized mice. Splenocytes isolated from CCMF-PLGA NP-immunized mice had the highest number of interferon gamma-producing T-cells as detected by the ELISpot assay. CCMF-PLGA NPs hold promise for disrupting cancer cell-stromal cell interactions and for priming the immune system in cancer immunotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7850-7861
Number of pages12
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 27 2019


  • Cancer cell membrane biomimetic nanoparticles
  • cancer cellâ'fibroblast interaction
  • immune response
  • invasion
  • metastasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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