Developing protein-based nanoparticles as versatile delivery systems for cancer therapy and imaging

Febrina Sandra, Nisar Ul Khaliq, Anwar Sunna, Andrew Care*

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In recent years, it has become apparent that cancer nanomedicine’s reliance on synthetic nanoparticles as drug delivery systems has resulted in limited clinical outcomes. This is mostly due to a poor understanding of their “bio-nano” interactions. Protein-based nanoparticles (PNPs) are rapidly emerging as versatile vehicles for the delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic agents, offering a potential alternative to synthetic nanoparticles. PNPs are abundant in nature, genetically and chemically modifiable, monodisperse, biocompatible, and biodegradable. To harness their full clinical potential, it is important for PNPs to be accurately designed and engineered. In this review, we outline the recent advancements and applications of PNPs in cancer nanomedicine. We also discuss the future directions for PNP research and what challenges must be overcome to ensure their translation into the clinic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1329
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019

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  • Drug delivery
  • Nanomedicine
  • Cancer therapy
  • Cancer imaging
  • Virus-like particles
  • Protein-based nanoparticles
  • Synthetic biology


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