Issue 92, 2016

Opportunities for glyconanomaterials in personalized medicine


In this feature article we discuss the particular relevance of glycans as components or targets of functionalized nanoparticles (NPs) for potential applications in personalized medicine but we will not enter into descriptions for their preparation. For a more general view covering the preparation and applications of glyconanomaterials the reader is referred to a number of recent reviews. The combination of glyco- and nanotechnology is already providing promising new tools for more personalized solutions to diagnostics and therapy. Current applications relevant to personalized medicine include drug targeting, localized radiation therapy, imaging of glycan expression of cancer cells, point of care diagnostics, cancer vaccines, photodynamic therapy, biosensors, and glycoproteomics.

Graphical abstract: Opportunities for glyconanomaterials in personalized medicine

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Feature Article
26 May 2016
31 Aug 2016
First published
31 Aug 2016
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Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 13430-13439

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Opportunities for glyconanomaterials in personalized medicine

N. Reichardt, M. Martín-Lomas and S. Penadés, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 13430 DOI: 10.1039/C6CC04445J

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