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Yi Kuang and Prof. Bing Xu Disruption of the Dynamics of Microtubules and Selective Inhibition of Glioblastoma Cells by Nanofibers of Small Hydrophobic Molecules Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Version of Record online: 17 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201302658

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Ganging up against the bad guys: Nanofibers of 1 efficiently inhibited the growth of glioblastoma cells but exhibited little acute toxicity toward a neuronal cell line. The selective cytotoxicity probably stems from the Warburg effect of cancer cells and the existence of microtubule-stabilizing proteins in neurons. Supramolecular nanofibers that can interrupt the self-organization of proteins may have potential as nanomedicines for the treatment of cancer.

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