Pluronic-Based Core/Shell Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery and Diagnosis
Abstract:Pluronic-based core/shell nanoparticles (NPs) were formed using various strategies such as self-assembly and temperature induced-phase transition. To improve their functionality as a nanomedicine for diagnosis and therapy, the vesicle fusion and layer by layer approach were employed. Because of the hydrophilic nature of the Pluronic shell and the relatively small size, Pluronic-based core/shell NPs were used in order to improve their pharmacokinetic behaviors in drugs and in imaging agents. This review will introduce various types of Pluronic-based core/shell NPs according to their preparation method and formation mechanism. The focus will be on the Pluronic-based core/shell NPs for tumor targeting, stimulated release of proteins, and cancer imaging capabilities.
Keywords: Antitumor efficacy; Pluornics; Pluronic/liposome composite nanoparticles; cancer targetability; chitosan/heparin composite; core/shell nanoparticles; enhanced permeability and retention effect; layer-by-layer approach; molecular imaging agent; polyethylene glycol; protein drug; self-assembly; temperature-induced phase transition; vesicle fusion
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2013
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