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Current Drug Targets


ISSN (Print): 1389-4501
ISSN (Online): 1873-5592

Review Article

Recent Progress in Stimuli-Responsive Intelligent Nano Scale Drug Delivery Systems: A Special Focus Towards pH-Sensitive Systems

Author(s): Vaidevi Sethuraman, Kumar Janakiraman, Venkateshwaran Krishnaswami and Ruckmani Kandasamy*

Volume 22 , Issue 8 , 2021

Published on: 28 January, 2021

Page: [947 - 966] Pages: 20

DOI: 10.2174/1389450122999210128180058

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Stimuli-responsive nanocarriers are gaining much attention due to their versatile multifunctional activities, including disease diagnosis and treatment. Recently, clinical applications of nano-drug delivery systems for cancer treatment pose a challenge due to their limited cellular uptake, low bioavailability, poor targetability, stability issues, and unfavourable pharmacokinetics. To overcome these issues, researchers are focussing on stimuli-responsive systems. Nanocarriers elicit their role through endogenous (pH, temperature, enzyme, and redox) or exogenous (temperature, light, magnetic field, ultrasound) stimulus. These systems were designed to overcome the shortcomings such as non-specificity and toxicity associated with the conventional drug delivery systems. The pH variation between healthy cells and tumor microenvironment creates a platform for the generation of pH-sensitive nano delivery systems. Herein, we propose to present an overview of various internal and external stimuli-responsive behavior-based drug delivery systems. Herein, the present review will focus specifically on the significance of various pH-responsive nanomaterials such as polymeric nanoparticles, nano micelles, inorganic-based pH-sensitive drug delivery carriers such as calcium phosphate nanoparticles, and carbon dots in cancer treatment. Moreover, this review elaborates the recent findings on pH-based stimuli-responsive drug delivery systems with special emphasis on our reported stimuli-responsive systems for cancer treatment.

Keywords: pH-sensitive, organic, inorganic, calcium phosphate nanoparticles, carbon dots, cancer treatment.

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