Prof.Ding's Research Group
Department of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, College of Life Sciences
State Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemical Biology
Congratulations to Zhang Jingtian, his paper entitled 'BSA-AIE nanoparticles with boosted ROS generation for immunogenic cell death immunotherapy of multiple myeloma' has been published in Advanced Materials.


The main obstacle of multiple myeloma (MM) therapy is the compromised immune microenvironment, which leads to MM relapses and extramedullary disease progression. In this study, we report a novel strategy of enhanced immunogenic cell death (ICD) immunotherapy with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) photosensitizer-loaded BSA nanoparticles (referred as BSA/TPA-Erdn), which could activate T cells, convert the cold tumor to hot, and reverse T cell senescence to restore the immune microenvironment for MM treatment. Loading AIE photosensitizer into the hydrophobic domain of BSA proteins significantly immobilizes the molecular geometry, which massively increases reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and elicit a promising ICD immune response. Employing a NOD-SCID IL-2receptor gamma null mice model with MM patients’ monocytes, we show that BSA/TPA-Erdn could simulate human DC maturation, activate functional T lymphocytes, and increase additional polarization and differentiation signals to deliver a promising immunotherapy performance. Intriguingly, we show for the first time that BSA/TPA-Erdn could greatly reverse T cell senescence, a main challenge in treating MM. Additionally, BSA/TPA-Erdn could effectively recruit more functional T lymphocytes into MM tumor. As a consequence, BSA/TPA-Erdn restored MM immune microenvironment and shows the best MM tumor eradication performance, which shall pave new insights for MM treatment in clinical practices.

Advanced Materials. ( IF 32.086 ) DOI: 10.1002/adma.202208692

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