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Special Issue "Nano-Strategies: The Future Medicine for Fighting Cancer Progression and Drug Resistance 2.0"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Giovanni L. Beretta
Guest Editor
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, 20133, Milan, Italy
Interests: cancer research; cancer chemotherapy; molecular biology; cell biology; pharmacology; nanomedicine; drug discovery
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Dear colleagues,

The administration of conventional antitumor therapy is the first choice in clinical practice for patients suffering from disseminated tumors. Unfortunately, the development of drug resistance and systemic toxicity often require the suspension of treatment and lead to tumor progression and patients’ deaths. Among the several strategies considered to counteract drug resistance, the encapsulation of the drugs into nanovectors appears very promising. Importantly, their capability demonstrated in protecting cargo makes nanodevices useful for the delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids, a field of research that has increased significantly in recent years. Despite numerous studies that have proved the efficacy of nanosystems in (i) carrying a large therapeutics “payload,” (ii) accommodating multiple drug molecules that simultaneously enable combinatorial cancer therapy and bypass well-known drug resistance mechanisms, and (iii) targeting specific cells/tissues through the multivalent targeting ligands, which yield high affinity and specificity, only a limited number of nanodevices have attained clinical success (e.g., Doxil and Abraxane). These features imply that additional efforts are required before nanomedicine supplants conventional drug delivery administration. In this Special Issue, we welcome contributions, reviews, and original articles focused on all the aspects embraced by nanostrategies and adopted for combating cancer progression and drug resistance.

Dr. Giovanni L. Beretta
Guest Editor

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  • Cancer
  • Antitumor drugs
  • Nanomedicine
  • Tumor progression
  • Metastasis
  • Drug resistance
  • Biomarkers
  • Drug delivery
  • Pharmacology

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Antibody Conjugation of Nanoparticles as Therapeutics for Breast Cancer Treatment
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21(17), 6018; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijms21176018 - 21 Aug 2020
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Breast cancer is the most common invasive tumor in women and the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Nanomedicine raises high expectations for millions of patients as it can provide better, more efficient, and affordable healthcare, and it has the potential to develop [...] Read more.
Breast cancer is the most common invasive tumor in women and the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Nanomedicine raises high expectations for millions of patients as it can provide better, more efficient, and affordable healthcare, and it has the potential to develop novel therapeutics for the treatment of solid tumors. In this regard, targeted therapies can be encapsulated into nanocarriers, and these nanovehicles are guided to the tumors through conjugation with antibodies—the so-called antibody-conjugated nanoparticles (ACNPs). ACNPs can preserve the chemical structure of drugs, deliver them in a controlled manner, and reduce toxicity. As certain breast cancer subtypes and indications have limited therapeutic options, this field provides hope for the future treatment of patients with difficult to treat breast cancers. In this review, we discuss the application of ACNPs for the treatment of this disease. Given the fact that ACNPs have shown clinical activity in this clinical setting, special emphasis on the role of the nanovehicles and their translation to the clinic is placed on the revision. Full article
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