Special Issue "Interventional Nanotheranostics for Translational Nano-Immunotherapy"

A special issue of Journal of Nanotheranostics (ISSN 2624-845X).

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Department of Radiology, Northwestern University Feinberg, School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Interests: multimodal medical imaging; translational nano cancer therapeutics; MRI contrast agent; nanotechnology; biomaterials; image guided cancer therapy; organic/inorganic/metal nano materials for medicine; cancer treatment; multifunctional nanoplatform; thermo-responsive polymer; magnetic hybrid nanoparticles; targeted drug/contrast agents
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Dear Colleagues,

Cancer immunotherapy activating the immune system to kill cancer cells has emerged as a robust strategy to treat primary, metastatic, and recurred cancers. Recent rapid progress in understanding anticancer immunity and various immune-modulating molecules has initiated a broad range of preclinical research and clinical trials of cancer immunotherapy. Cancer immunotherapies are becoming one of the standard therapies for cancer patients. However, the overall response rate is still moderate due to the therapeutic resistance. Multifunctional nanoparticles have shown a substantial opportunity to enhance the therapeutic efficacy of various types of cancer immunotherapies. Interventional oncology (IO) allowing simultaneous diagnosis, immunogenic local therapeutic delivery, and real-time monitoring of treatment efficacy also have advanced to demonstrate the effective conversion of the tumor microenvironment for the effective anticancer immune response and allows effective local immunotherapy. New approaches combining nanotheranositcs, interventional oncology, and immunotherapy are required to enhance immunotherapeutic efficacy.

The intent of this Special Issue is to collect cutting-edge research on multifunctional materials and mediated, image-guided immunotherapy technology to provide new perspectives into cancer immunotherapy, interventional oncology, and nanotheranostics. 

This Special Issue is intended to cover the following topics but is not limited to them:

  • Multifunctional micro/nanocarriers for cancer immunotherapy;
  • New interventional oncology and immuno-oncology approaches using multifunctional carrier materials;
  • Smart nanomaterials for immune checkpoint inhibitor cancer immunotherapy;
  • Tumor microenvironment modulating nanomaterials for combinational cancer immunotherapy;
  • Interventional oncology ablation and combinational cancer immunotherapy;
  • Characterization of the tumor microenvironment and immune response after interventional oncology local combinational immunotherapies;
  • Nanotheranostics for cancer immunotherapy.

Any works concerning nano-immunotherapy, combinational interventional oncology-based local therapy, immunotherapy, and image-guided immunotherapy for the treatment of various types of cancers, as well the characterization of the tumor microenvironment and immune= response of new image-guided cancer immunotherapy approaches will be within the scope of this Special Issue. All submitted papers must present novel results or the advancement of previously published data, and the matter should be dealt with scientific rigor.

Prof. Dr. Dong-Hyun Kim
Guest Editor

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  • immunotherapy
  • interventional oncology
  • cancer therapy
  • nanoparticles
  • nano-immunotherapy

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Aptamers as Theranostics in Cardiovascular Diseases
J. Nanotheranostics 2023, 4(3), 408-428; https://doi.org/10.3390/jnt4030018 - 06 Sep 2023
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Cardiovascular disease (particularly atherosclerosis) is a leading cause of death around the world, and there still exists a need for improved diagnostic techniques and treatments to improve patient outcomes as well as minimize the disease’s global burden. Aptamers are short, single-stranded DNA or [...] Read more.
Cardiovascular disease (particularly atherosclerosis) is a leading cause of death around the world, and there still exists a need for improved diagnostic techniques and treatments to improve patient outcomes as well as minimize the disease’s global burden. Aptamers are short, single-stranded DNA or RNA molecules that are accompanied by unique characteristics such as specificity, high binding affinity, ease of cellular internalization, and rapid tissue accumulation capabilities, offering great potential as theranostic agents in cardiovascular diseases with significantly improved sensitivity and accuracy. These theranostic agents provide a combination of therapy and diagnostics in which aptamers may diagnose and treat disease simultaneously. Therefore, this review article summarizes the role of aptamer-based probes for imaging and theranostics in cardiovascular disease. It also provides insight into current research and future treatment techniques that are very relevant for future clinical practice with the aim of improving the quality of life of cardiovascular disease patients. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interventional Nanotheranostics for Translational Nano-Immunotherapy)
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