Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate a sol–gel transition property and content release profiles for thermosensitive poly-(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide)-block-poly-(ethylene glycol)-block-poly-(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA-b-PEG-b-PLGA) hydrogels carrying paclitaxel, rapamycin, and LS301, and to present a proof-of-concept that PLGA-b-PEG-b-PLGA hydrogels carrying paclitaxel, rapamycin, and LS301, called TheranoGel, exhibit excellent theranostic activity in peritoneal ES-2-luc ovarian cancer xenograft mice. Methods: Thermosensitive PLGA-b-PEG-b-PLGA hydrogels carrying paclitaxel, rapamycin, and LS301, individually or in combination, were prepared via a lyophilization method, characterized with content release kinetics, and assessed with theranostic activity in ES-2-luc xenograft mice. Results: A thermosensitive PLGA-b-PEG-b-PLGA sol–gel system was able to entrain 3 poorly water-soluble payloads, paclitaxel, rapamycin, and LS301 (TheranoGel). TheranoGel made a sol-to-gel transition at 37°C and slowly released 3 drugs at a simultaneous release rate in response to the physical dissociation of hydrogels in vitro. TheranoGel enabled loco-regional delivery of multi-drugs by forming a gel-depot in the peritoneal cavity of ES-2-luc xenograft mice. An intraperitoneal (IP) administration of TheranoGel resulted in excellent therapeutic and diagnostic activities, leading to the improved peritoneal surgery in ES-2-luc xenograft mice. Conclusions: TheranoGel prepared via a facile lyophiliation method enabled successful IP delivery of multi-drugs and exhibited excellent theranostic activity in vivo.
- ovarian cancer