Gold Nanoparticles as Carrier(s) for Drug Targeting and Imaging
35 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2017
Date Written: May 24, 2016
Nanotechnology has been explored for its prospective to deliver bioactives in potentially safer concentrations through both passive and active targeting. Inorganic nanomaterials particularly gold nanoparticles find tremendous applications in biomedicine. In this review, common synthesis techniques and biofunctionalization strategies and areas of applications for gold nanoparticles are discussed. Gold nanoparticles can be considered as advanced platforms for combined therapeutic and diagnostic applications due to their unique physicochemical properties including large specific surface area, adaptability to surface modification, biocompatibility and stability. Further they possess photothermal and radiosensitization characteristics. They possess unique properties in terms of their use in drug delivery, therapeutic, biodiagonostics and imaging applications.
Keywords: Gold Nanoparticles, Imaging, Photothermal, Cancer, Drug Delivery, Targeting
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