The Application of Thermosensitive Nanocarriers in Controlled Drug Delivery

Pengyu Shao, Bochu Wang, Yazhou Wang, Jun Li, Yiqiong Zhang
2011 Journal of Nanomaterials  
Thermosensitive nanocarriers as the "smart" drug delivery systems have shown tremendous promise in the field of controlled drug delivery due to their special property. Thermosensitive nanocarriers with long circulation properties can accumulate in the pathological sites by enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect or attach targeting ligands to the surface of the nanocarriers, and the drug release rates of these pharmaceutical nanocarriers can be adjusted in response to thermal
more » ... o thermal variability of the environment. In this paper, we first discuss the classification of thermosensitive polymer according to their functional properties in thermosensitive nanocarriers. On the basis of this, our main purposes are focused on reviewing the characteristics of various thermosensitive nanocarriers including the strategies for their functionalization, thermosensitive behavior, or site-specific targeting. Furthermore, the paper discusses the current and future trends of the thermosensitive nanocarriers in controlled drug delivery.
doi:10.1155/2011/389640 fatcat:cpeypgmqjnhczavv3htv3ufoue