Pharmaceutical Research

, Volume 30, Issue 10, pp 2485–2498 | Cite as

Targeted Delivery of Nano-Therapeutics for Major Disorders of the Central Nervous System

  • Huile Gao
  • Zhiqing Pang
  • Xinguo JiangEmail author
Expert Review


Major central nervous system (CNS) disorders, including brain tumors, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke, are significant threats to human health. Although impressive advances in the treatment of CNS disorders have been made during the past few decades, the success rates are still moderate if not poor. The blood–brain barrier (BBB) hampers the access of systemically administered drugs to the brain. The development of nanotechnology provides powerful tools to deliver therapeutics to target sites. Anchoring them with specific ligands can endow the nano-therapeutics with the appropriate properties to circumvent the BBB. In this review, the potential nanotechnology-based targeted drug delivery strategies for different CNS disorders are described. The limitations and future directions of brain-targeted delivery systems are also discussed.


brain tumor central nervous system cerebrovascular disease neurodegenerative disorder targeted delivery 



This work was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program, 2013CB932502), National Science and Technology Major Project (2012ZX09304004) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (81001404).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Smart Drug Delivery (Fudan University) Ministry of Education; Department of Pharmaceutical SciencesSchool of Pharmacy, Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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