CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO EN CIENCIAS APLICADAS "DR. JORGE J. RONCO"
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Applications of Nanosystems to Anticancer Drug Therapy (Part I. Nanogels, Nanospheres, Nanocapsules)
ALAN TALEVI; MELISA GANTNER; MARÍA ESPERANZA RUIZ
RECENT PATENTS ON ANTI-CANCER DRUG DISCOVERY
BENTHAM SCIENCE PUBL LTD
Lugar: Oak Park; Año: 2014 vol. 9 p. 83 - 83
One of the greatest challenges in cancer drug therapy is to maximize the effectiveness of the active agent while reducing its systemic adverse effects. What is more, many widely-used chemoterapeutic agents present unfavorable physicochemical properties (e.g. low solubility, lack of chemical or biological stability) that hamper or limit their therapeutic applications. All these issues may be overcome by designing adequate drug delivery systems; nanocarriers are particularly suitable for this purpose. Nanosystems can be used for targeted-drug release, treatment, diagnostic imaging and therapy monitoring. They allow the formulation of drug delivery systems with user-defined characteristics regarding solubility, biodegradability, particle size, release kinetics and active targeting, among others. This review (Part I) focuses on recent patents published between 2008 and the present day, related to nanospheres, nanocapsules and nanogels applied to anticancer drug therapy. Other nanosystems will be covered in a second article (Part II), currently in preparation.