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TRAIL-NP hybrids for cancer therapy: A review


Cancer is a worldwide health problem. It is now considered as a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developed countries. In the last decades, considerable progress has been made in anti-cancer therapies, allowing to cure patients suffering from this disease, or at least to prolong their lives. Several cancers, such as those of the lung and pancreas, are still devastating in the absence of therapeutic options. In the early 90's, TRAIL (Tumor Necrosis Factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand) a cytokine belonging to the TNF superfamily has attracted major interest in oncology owing to its selective anti-tumor properties. Clinical trials using soluble TRAIL or antibodies targeting the two main agonist receptors (TRAIL-R1 and TRAIL-R2) have, however, failed to demonstrate their efficacy in the clinic. TRAIL is expressed on the surface of natural killer or CD8+ T activated cells and contributes to tumor surveillance. Nanoparticles functionalized with TRAIL mimic membrane-TRAIL and exhibit stronger antitumoral properties than soluble TRAIL or TRAIL receptor agonist antibodies. This review provides an update on the association and the use of nanoparticles associated with TRAIL for cancer therapy.

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The article was received on 28 Feb 2017, accepted on 29 Mar 2017 and first published on 04 Apr 2017

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7NR01469D
Citation: Nanoscale, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    TRAIL-NP hybrids for cancer therapy: A review

    H. Belkahla, G. herlem, F. picaud, T. Gharbi, M. Hémadi, S. Ammar and O. Micheau, Nanoscale, 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7NR01469D

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