Pharmaceutical Research

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 237–259

Inorganic Nanoparticles in Cancer Therapy

  • Sanjib Bhattacharyya
  • Rachel A. Kudgus
  • Resham Bhattacharya
  • Priyabrata Mukherjee
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ABSTRACT

Nanotechnology is an evolving field with enormous potential for biomedical applications. The growing interest to use inorganic nanoparticles in medicine is due to the unique size- and shape-dependent optoelectronic properties. Herein, we will focus on gold, silver and platinum nanoparticles, discussing recent developments for therapeutic applications with regard to cancer in terms of nanoparticles being used as a delivery vehicle as well as therapeutic agents. We will also discuss some of the key challenges to be addressed in future studies.

KEY WORDS

cancer drug delivery gold inorganic nanoparticle therapeutics 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanjib Bhattacharyya
    • 1
  • Rachel A. Kudgus
    • 1
  • Resham Bhattacharya
    • 1
  • Priyabrata Mukherjee
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology College of MedicineMayo ClinicRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department of Biomedical Engineering Mayo Clinic Cancer Center College of MedicineMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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