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Logical design and application of prodrug platforms

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Accurate design and high drug-loading content are the two key points in designing high-performance cancer nanomedicines. Using common strategies for drug delivery systems (DDS), such as nanoparticle (NP)-mediated DDS, lipid nanocarrier-mediated DDS, and micelle-mediated DDS, it is difficult to meet the requirements for their translation into clinical applications because of the imprecise control of the conjugation sites and density. Using drug molecules to directly construct the delivery platform is a promising approach to precisely control the composition and molecular structure. The polyprodrug platform for disease treatment is an advanced strategy with a precise structure and a high drug-loading rate. This review summarizes the current state of prodrugs, especially the polyprodrug platform, and focuses on the logical design for clinical use and proposes some practical prospects for the future development of the prodrug platform.

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The article was received on 08 Aug 2018, accepted on 12 Nov 2018 and first published on 12 Nov 2018

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8PY01160E
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2019,10, 306-324

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    Logical design and application of prodrug platforms

    Q. Meng, H. Hu, L. Zhou, Y. Zhang, B. Yu, Y. Shen and H. Cong, Polym. Chem., 2019, 10, 306
    DOI: 10.1039/C8PY01160E

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