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Current Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 0929-8673
ISSN (Online): 1875-533X

Review Article

Ultrasound-Based Drug Delivery System

Author(s): Wei-Wei Ren , Shi-Hao Xu, Li-Ping Sun* and Kun Zhang*

Volume 29, Issue 8, 2022

Published on: 17 June, 2021

Page: [1342 - 1351] Pages: 10

DOI: 10.2174/0929867328666210617103905

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Cancer still represents a leading threat to human health worldwide. The effective usage of anti-cancer drugs can reduce patients’ clinical symptoms and extend life-span survival time. Current anti-cancer strategies include chemotherapy, traditional Chinese medicine, biopharmaceuticals, and the latest targeted-therapy. However, due to the complexity and heterogeneity of tumor, serious side effects may result from the direct use of anti-cancer drugs. Besides, the current therapeutic strategies failed to effectively alleviate metastasized tumors. Recently, ultrasound-mediated nano-drug delivery system has become an increasingly important treatment strategy. Due to its abilities to enhance the efficacy and reduce toxic and side effects, it has become a research hotspot in the field of biomedicine. In this review, we introduced the latest research progress of the ultrasound-responsive nano-drug delivery systems, and the possible mechanisms of ultrasound acting on the carrier to change the structure or conformation, as well as to realize the controlled release. In addition, the progress in ultrasound responsive nano-drug delivery systems will also be briefly summarized.

Keywords: Cancer, nano-drug delivery systems, ultrasound, sonodynamic therapy, nanotechnology, anti-cancerdrugs.

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