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Cell Electropermeabilisation Enhancement by Non-Thermal-Plasma-Treated PBS

Abstract : The e ectiveness of electrochemotherapy (ECT) in local eradication of tumours in human and veterinary medicine has been proven. ECT consists of increasing the uptake of cytotoxic drugs by means of pulsed electric fields (PEFs) that transiently permeabilise the cell membrane. Still, this tumour treatment includes some drawbacks that are linked to the characteristics of the intense electric pulses (EPs) used. Meanwhile, the emerging field of cancer therapies that are based on the application of non-thermal plasmas (NTP) has recently garnered interest because of their potentialities as rich sources of reactive species. In this work, we investigated the potential capabilities of the combined application of indirect NTP treatment and microsecond PEFs (sPEFs) to outperform in vitro cell electropermeabilisation, the basis of ECT. Thus, phosphate-bu ered saline (PBS) was plasma-treated (pPBS) and used afterwards to explore the e ects of its combination with sPEFs. Analysis of two di erent cell lines (DC-3F Chinese hamster lung fibroblasts and malignant B16-F10 murine melanoma cells), by flow cytometry, revealed that this combination resulted in significant increases of the level of cell membrane electropermeabilisation, even at very low electric field amplitude. The B16-F10 cells were more sensitive to the combined treatment than DC-3F cells. Importantly, the percentage of permeabilised cells reached values similar to those of cells exposed to classical electroporation field amplitude (1100 V/cm) when the cells were treated with pPBS before and after being exposed only to very low PEF amplitude (600 V/cm). Although the level of permeabilisation of the cells that are treated by the pPBS and the PEFs at 600 V/cm is lower than the level reached after the exposure to sPEFs alone at 1100 V/cm, the combined treatment opens the possibility to reduce the amplitude of the EPs used in ECT, potentially allowing for a novel ECT with reduced side-e ects
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Thai-Hoa Chung, Augusto Stancampiano, Kyriakos Sklias, Krystaq Gazeli, Franck André, et al.. Cell Electropermeabilisation Enhancement by Non-Thermal-Plasma-Treated PBS. Cancers, MDPI, 2020, 12, pp.219. ⟨10.3390/cancers12010219⟩. ⟨hal-02448072⟩



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