DOI: 10.1002/adhm.202301099 ISSN:

A Universal Cyclodextrin‐Based Nanovaccine Platform Delivers Epitope Peptides for Enhanced Antitumor Immunity

Jiarong Mao, Zhetong Jin, Xue Rui, Lu Li, Chengchen Hou, Xuejiao Leng, Xiaolin Bi, Zhipeng Chen, Yugen Chen, Jingjing Wang
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials


Currently, there is still an intense demand for a simple and scalable delivery platform for peptide‐based cancer vaccines. Herein, a cyclodextrin‐based polymer nanovaccine platform (CDNP) is designed for the codelivery of peptides with two immune adjuvants [the Toll‐like receptor (TLR)7/8 agonist R848 and the TLR9 agonist CpG] that is broadly applicable to epitope peptides with diverse sequences. Specifically, the cyclodextrin‐based polymers are covalently linked to epitope peptides via a bioreactive bond‐containing cross‐linker (PNC‐DTDE‐PNC) and then physically load with R848 and CpG to obtain CDNP. The CDNP efficiently accumulats in the lymph nodes (LNs), greatly facilitating antigen capture and cross‐presentation by antigen‐presenting cells. The immunogenicity of the epitope peptides is significantly enhanced by the codelivery and synergy of the adjuvants, and the CDNP shows the ability to inhibit tumor progression in diverse tumor‐bearing mouse models. It is concluded that CDNP holds promise as an optimized peptide‐based cancer vaccine platform.

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