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The Potential Role of the Peptide Amphiphiles in Targeted Drug Delivery to Tumors
International Journal of Pharmacy and Chemistry
Volume 6, Issue 4, July 2020, Pages: 37-40
Received: Jun. 27, 2020; Accepted: Jul. 10, 2020; Published: Aug. 4, 2020
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Fahimeh Shamsi, Biotechnology Research Centre, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran; School of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
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Background: Targeted drug delivery approaches are intended to increase the effectiveness of drugs by carrying large doses of chemotherapeutic agents to the cancer cells and reduce negative side effects. Self-assembly of peptides can organize molecules into stable and well-defined nanostructures being very attractive for many biomedical applications including drug delivery. Objective: The objective of the current mini-review is to investigate the self-assembly behavior of peptide amphiphiles as nanocarriers under different biological factors in the tumor microenvironment. Method: Data from a range of resources like Google Scholar, PubMed, Medline, Scopus and Elsevier, and other valued journals have been reviewed carefully. Results: Structural changes of peptide amphiphiles in response to tumor microenvironment or tumor-specific enzymes are the promising trend, allowing the development of targeted therapy with high efficiency. However, significant improvement in cytotoxicity is achieved when peptide amphiphiles are designed in such a way to respond to multiple stimuli in tumor microenvironments. Conclusion: A multi- disciplinary research area may permit both to reduce the off-target side effects of anticancer drugs and achieve triggered drug delivery at disease sites.
Peptide Amphiphiles, Tumor Microenvironment, Targeted Delivery, Nanocarriers
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Fahimeh Shamsi, The Potential Role of the Peptide Amphiphiles in Targeted Drug Delivery to Tumors, International Journal of Pharmacy and Chemistry. Vol. 6, No. 4, 2020, pp. 37-40. doi: 10.11648/j.ijpc.20200604.11
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