Immunogenic cell death (ICD), a manner of tumor cell death that can trigger antitumor immune responses, has received extensive attention as a potential synergistic modality for cancer immunotherapy. Although many calcium ion (Ca2+) nanomodulators have been developed for cancer therapy through mitochondrial Ca2+ overload, their ICD-inducing properties have not been explored. Herein, an acid-sensitive PEG-decorated calcium carbonate (CaCO3) nanoparticle incorporating curcumin (CUR; a Ca2+ enhancer) (PEGCaCUR) was prepared using a simple one-pot strategy. PEGCaCUR served as not only a Ca2+ nanomodulator inducing efficient mitochondrial Ca2+ overload but also an ICD inducer during improved synergistic cancer therapy. Combination of PEGCaCUR with ultrasound (US), PEGCaCUR+US, led to an enhanced ICD effect attributable to the enhanced mitochondrial Ca2+ overload, along with subsequent upregulation of reactive oxygen species levels. PEGCaCUR also facilitates photoacoustic/fluorescence dual-mode imaging, as well as effectively suppressing tumor growth and metastasis, indicating promising theranostic properties.

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