Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2019, 21, 25054-25064.

Liposomes carrying membrane-embedded porphyrin-phospholipid (PoP) are capable of chemo- and photo-therapeutic modes of action, which make them a potential candidate material for next-generation cancer treatments. This study examines singlet oxygen (1O2) production and release by PoP liposomes carrying either no chemotherapeutic cargo (EMPTY), or those carrying either doxorubicin (DOX) or irinotecan (IRT) chemotherapy drugs. Herein, we developed a strategy to quantify the fraction of 1O2 lifetime spent in the three distinct local liposomal environments by obtaining four key pieces of information for each system: average 1O2 deactivation rate constants (kΔ) for liposome suspensions in H2O and in D2O solvents, as well as the absolute and the apparent 1O2 production quantum yields (ΦΔ). Despite the characteristic differences in their photophysical behavior, namely in ΦΔ values, all three formulations of PoP liposomes were found to carry out 1O2...

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