Special Issue "Targeted and Bioresponsive Drug Delivery System for Cancer Multidrug Resistance"

A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247). This special issue belongs to the section "Pharmaceutical Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2023) | Viewed by 124

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Golam Kibria
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Guest Editor
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD 10903, USA
Interests: nanodrug delivery system; nanomaterials; nanomedicine development; cancer therapy; pharmaceutical formulation development and manufacturing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The journal Pharmaceuticals is planning to publish a new Special Issue, entitled "Targeted and Bioresponsive Drug Delivery System for Cancer Multidrug Resistance”, and I am cordially inviting you to contribute with communications, research articles or high-quality review papers in this volume.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. For the treatment of cancer in clinics, traditional chemotherapy remains an irreplaceable treatment option. However, this therapeutic approach is stymied by the resistance of cancer cells to chemotherapy, a phenomenon termed as “multidrug resistance (MDR)” that represents a major obstacle to effective therapeutic interventions against cancer in clinics. To overcome the limitations of existing therapies such as nonspecific tissue distribution and uncontrolled drug release, targeted and bioresponsive drug delivery systems (DDSs) have received much attention in recent years to achieve rapid intratumoral or intracellular drug release and thereby an enhanced anti-tumor effect. Compared to the heathy tissue, the tumor microenvironment is unique and well-equipped with internal stimulus signal molecules, which open a new path forward for the design and development of targeted and bioresponsive DDSs for controlled and enhanced drug release in the tumor tissue, the key to fighting the MDR of cancer.

This Special Issue welcomes research and review papers with a focus on recent advances in the design of smart materials capable of responding to the abnormal pathophysiological features of the tumor microenvironment, application of various bioresponsive DDSs for targeting different stimulus signals in the tumor microenvironment and for the controlled release of therapeutic moiety (drug, macromolecules, etc.) to overcome cancer MDR, as well as challenges and future directions of targeted and bioresponsive DDSs for the effective treatment of MDR of cancer.

Dr. Golam Kibria
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • cancer multidrug resistance
  • bioresponsive materials
  • targeted drug delivery
  • bioresponsive DDS
  • challenges to bioresponsive DDS
  • future direction of bioresponsive DDS

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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