Applications of Nanoparticles Probes for Prostate Cancer Imaging and Therapy

  • Tang Gao
  • Anyao Bi
  • Shuiqi Yang
  • Yi Liu
  • Xiangqi Kong
  • Wenbin Zeng
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1126)


Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common type of cancer in men with high morbidity and mortality. However, the current treatment with drugs often leads to chemotherapy resistance. It is known that the multi-disciplines research on molecular imaging is very helpful for early diagnosing, staging, restaging and precise treatment of PCa. In the past decades, the tumor-specific targeted drugs were developed for the clinic to treat prostate cancer. Among them, the emerging nanotechnology has brought about many exciting novel diagnosis and treatments systems for PCa. Nanotechnology can greatly enhance the treatment activity of PCa and provide novel theranostics platform by utilizing the unique physical/chemical properties, targeting strategy, or by loading with imaging/therapeutic agents. Herein, this chapter focuses on state-of-art advances in imaging and diagnosing PCa with nanomaterials and highlights the approaches used for functionalization of the targeted biomolecules, and in the treatment for various aspects of PCa with multifunctional nanoparticles, nanoplatforms and nanodelivery system.


Prostate cancer Molecular imaging Molecular probe Biomarker Nanoparticles Cancer treatment 



We are grateful for the financial supports from National Natural Science Foundation of China (81741134, 81671756 and 81271634), and Key Research Project of Science and Technology Foundation of Hunan Province (2017SK2093).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tang Gao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Anyao Bi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shuiqi Yang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yi Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiangqi Kong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wenbin Zeng
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Xiangya School of Pharmaceutical SciencesCentral South UniversityChangshaChina
  2. 2.Molecular Imaging Research CenterCentral South UniversityChangshaChina

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