Oral Nanotherapeutics for Cancer with Innovations in Lipid and Polymeric Nanoformulations

  • Alexander J. Donovan
  • Ying LiuEmail author
Part of the Bioanalysis book series (BIOANALYSIS, volume 5)


Lipid-based and polymeric nanotechnologies are poised to dramatically alter the landscape of treatment options for cancer and may hold unique potential for easily accessible, oral chemotherapy. A growing consensus points to nanoscale drug delivery systems as a promising therapeutic modality with enhanced efficacy and diminished side effects and with increasing evidence that these platforms can be engineered to facilitate transport of poorly bioavailable drug compounds and target neoplastic tissue with precision. Significant design and process challenges remain however. The emergence of oral chemotherapeutics in cancer treatment and the role lipid and polymer nanotechnologies play in its development are discussed in this chapter. Several recent research results provide rules of thumb for design and optimization of nanoparticles (i.e., physicochemical and surface properties) to achieve the goals of enhancing intestinal permeability, decreasing immunogenicity and extending circulation half-life, tumor targeting, and minimizing aggregation. Finally, characterization methods to assess drug release and pharmacokinetics will be examined, including dialysis systems, in vitro intestinal co-culture models, microfluidic artificial organs, and in vivo preclinical models.


Aggregation Bioavailability Chemical permeation enhancer Dialysis systems Excipients Flash nanoprecipitation Freezing Drying Immunoliposome In vitro intestinal co-culture model Liposome Lipid nanocapsule Microfluidic artificial organs Mucoadhesion Mucopenetration Nanoprecipitation Nanostructured lipid carriers Nanotherapeutics Oral absorption Ostwald ripening Secondary crystallization Solid lipid nanocapsules Stealth liposome Surface design Transmucosal permeability Two-phase sink condition 



The research of nanoparticle design and production of Ying Liu is supported by NSF CMMI Nanomanufacturing Program (NSF CAREER 1350731).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biopharmaceutical SciencesUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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