Smart gold nanoparticle-stabilized ultrasound microbubbles as cancer theranostics†
Smart gold nanoparticle-stabilized microbubbles (SAuMBs) composed of a gas-filled core and shell including smart gold nanoparticles (SAuNPs) which can be aggregated in tumors were applied as ultrasound-mediated cancer theranostics. The gas core in the microstructure enabled the detection of tumors using ultrasound and facilitated the delivery of SAuNPs by sonoporation. The SAuNPs spontaneously aggregated in tumors, which allowed photoacoustic (PA) monitoring and photothermal treatment (PTT) of tumors.
- This article is part of the themed collection: International Year of the Periodic Table: Precious metals for cancer treatment