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Polymers 2017, 9(1), 13; doi:10.3390/polym9010013

Applications of Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes for the Therapy and Diagnosis of Cancer

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Soonchunhyang Institute of Medi-bio Science, Soonchunhyang University, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do 31151, Korea
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Institute of Tissue Regeneration, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do 31151, Korea
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Soongsil University, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 06978, Korea
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Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine, Gachon University, Incheon 21999, Korea
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Academic Editor: Joannis K. Kallitsis
Received: 10 October 2016 / Revised: 21 December 2016 / Accepted: 22 December 2016 / Published: 4 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hybrid Polymeric Materials)
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Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are attractive nanostructures that serve as multifunctional transporters in biomedical applications, especially in the field of cancer therapy and diagnosis. Owing to their easily tunable nature and remarkable properties, numerous functionalizations and treatments of CNTs have been attempted for their utilization as hybrid nano-carriers in the delivery of various anticancer drugs, genes, proteins, and immunotherapeutic molecules. In this review, we discuss the current advances in the applications of CNT-based novel delivery systems with an emphasis on the various functionalizations of CNTs. We also highlight recent findings that demonstrate their important roles in cancer imaging applications, demonstrating their potential as unique agents with high-level ultrasonic emission, strong Raman scattering resonance, and magnetic properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: carbon nanotubes (CNTs); cancer; therapy; nano-carriers; functionalization carbon nanotubes (CNTs); cancer; therapy; nano-carriers; functionalization
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Hwang, Y.; Park, S.-H.; Lee, J.W. Applications of Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes for the Therapy and Diagnosis of Cancer. Polymers 2017, 9, 13.

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