Recent Development of Copolymeric Nano-Drug Delivery System for Paclitaxel

Author(s): Shiyu Chen, Zhimei Song, Runliang Feng*

Journal Name: Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
(Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry - Anti-Cancer Agents)

Volume 20 , Issue 18 , 2020

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Background: Paclitaxel (PTX) has been clinically used for several years due to its good therapeutic effect against cancers. Its poor water-solubility, non-selectivity, high cytotoxicity to normal tissue and worse pharmacokinetic property limit its clinical application.

Objective: To review the recent progress on the PTX delivery systems.

Methods: In recent years, the copolymeric nano-drug delivery systems for PTX are broadly studied. It mainly includes micelles, nanoparticles, liposomes, complexes, prodrugs and hydrogels, etc. They were developed or further modified with target molecules to investigate the release behavior, targeting to tissues, pharmacokinetic property, anticancer activities and bio-safety of PTX. In the review, we will describe and discuss the recent progress on the nano-drug delivery system for PTX since 2011.

Results: The water-solubility, selective delivery to cancers, tissue toxicity, controlled release and pharmacokinetic property of PTX are improved by its encapsulation into the nano-drug delivery systems. In addition, its activities against cancer are also comparable or high when compared with the commercial formulation.

Conclusion: Encapsulating PTX into nano-drug carriers should be helpful to reduce its toxicity to human, keeping or enhancing its activity and improving its pharmacokinetic property.

Keywords: Paclitaxel, delivery system, recent development, anticancer, copolymer, nanodrug.

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Year: 2020
Published on: 23 November, 2020
Page: [2169 - 2189]
Pages: 21
DOI: 10.2174/1871520620666200719001038
Price: $65

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