Aptamers-Guided DNA Nanomedicine for Cancer Theranostics

  • Guizhi Zhu
  • Liping Qiu
  • Hongmin Meng
  • Lei Mei
  • Weihong TanEmail author


The past two decades have witnessed the booming of DNA aptamers, and particularly the development of aptamers for the specific recognition of versatile disease-related molecular biomarkers and living cells, as well as the application of aptamers for molecular and cellular engineering, bioanalysis, and disease therapy. Owing to the predictable Watson-Crick base-pairing, DNA can be easily designed and engineered to construct sophisticated molecular devices and nanostructures, which, at the same time, can be integrated with many biofunctionalities, including DNA aptamers for specific target recognition, bioimaging agents for biosensing, as well as drug-loading moieties for targeted drug delivery. The ability of many aptamers to mediate internalization into mammalian cells additionally empowered aptamer-incorporated DNA devices to be utilized for intracellular delivery of biosensors and drug carriers, and eventually sensing intracellular biomolecular behaviors in real-time or modulating intracellular biological activities for therapeutic purposes. In this chapter, we discuss the development of aptamer-integrated DNA nanodevices for versatile applications in bioanalysis and disease therapy, with an emphasis on cancer theranostics.


Aptamer DNA nanotechnology DNA engineering Biosensor Targeted drug delivery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guizhi Zhu
    • 1
  • Liping Qiu
    • 2
    • 3
  • Hongmin Meng
    • 3
  • Lei Mei
    • 3
  • Weihong Tan
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratory of Molecular Imaging and NanomedicineNational Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Molecular Sciences and Biomedicine Laboratory, State Key Laboratory for Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, College of Biology and College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Collaborative Innovation Center for Chemistry and Molecular MedicineHunan UniversityChangshaChina
  3. 3.Departments of Chemistry, Physiology and Functional Genomics, Center for Research at the Bio/Nano Interface, Shands Cancer Center, UF Genetics Institute and McKnight Brain InstituteUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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