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Current Pharmaceutical Design


ISSN (Print): 1381-6128
ISSN (Online): 1873-4286

Review Article

Microbubbles: A Novel Strategy for Chemotherapy

Author(s): Mu-hua Luo, Chih-Kuang Yeh, Bing Situ, Jin-sui Yu, Bing-cheng Li and Zhi-yi Chen*

Volume 23, Issue 23, 2017

Page: [3383 - 3390] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/1381612823666170113092148

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Background: Ultrasound microbubbles have conventionally been used for diagnostic purposes. In recent years, however, new types of microbubbles have emerged as important carriers for drug delivery. Moreover, studies have shown that ultrasound microbubbles can serve as valuable and noninvasive tools in cancer therapy; thus the use of ultrasound microbubbles to deliver chemotherapeutic drugs to malignant tissues is a promising possibility.

Methods: In this review, we briefly describe the status of ultrasound microbubbles in clinical practice and then discuss the development of targeted microbubbles. Finally, we consider novel strategies for the use of microbubbles in cancer therapy. Results: Many different kinds of microbubbles are emerged. Novel strategies of ultrasound microbubble have been shown to be effective in cancer therapy.

Conclusion: Although many problems need to be solved in the future, the ultrasound drugs loaded microbubbles still have strong potential for the use in clinical cancer therapy.

Keywords: Ultrasound microbubbles, chemotherapy, molecular imaging, drug delivery, malignant tissues, cancer therapy.

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