Filomicelles in nanomedicine-from flexible, fragmentable, and ligand-targetable drug carrier designs to combination therapy for brain tumors

Núria Sancho Oltra, Joe Swift, Adbullah Mahmud, Karthikan Rajagopal, Sharon M. Loverde, Dennis E. Discher

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    Abstract

    Nanoparticles that are made by self-assembly into non-spherical shapes are promising as drug delivery vehicles. This review focuses on flexible and fragmentable filamentous micelles referred to as filomicelles made of degradable block copolymer amphiphiles. They are inspired by filoviruses and also by tubular proplatelets that break up into smaller platelets in blood flow. The synthesis and assembly of the constituent block copolymers are described together with ligand targeting and fragmentation as well as drug release in therapeutic applications to model tumors and most recently brain tumors. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2013.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5177-5185
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry B
    Volume1
    Issue number39
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2013

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