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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17(5), 796;

Prodrug Strategies for Paclitaxel

1,2,3,* , 1,2,* and 1,2,*
Institution for Advancing Translational Medicine in Bone & Joint Diseases, School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong 999077, China
Research Group of Precision Medicine and Innovative Drug, HKBU (Hong Kong Baptist University) (Haimen) Institute of Science and Technology, Haimen 226100, China
The State Key Laboratory Base of Novel Functional Materials and Preparation Science, Faculty of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Katalin Prokai-Tatrai
Received: 23 March 2016 / Revised: 4 May 2016 / Accepted: 11 May 2016 / Published: 23 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Translational Molecular Medicine & Molecular Drug Discovery)
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Paclitaxel is an anti-tumor agent with remarkable anti-tumor activity and wide clinical uses. However, it is also faced with various challenges especially for its poor water solubility and low selectivity for the target. To overcome these disadvantages of paclitaxel, approaches using small molecule modifications and macromolecule modifications have been developed by many research groups from all over the world. In this review, we discuss the different strategies especially prodrug strategies that are currently used to make paclitaxel more effective. View Full-Text
Keywords: paclitaxel; poor water solubility; low selectivity; prodrug paclitaxel; poor water solubility; low selectivity; prodrug

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Meng, Z.; Lv, Q.; Lu, J.; Yao, H.; Lv, X.; Jiang, F.; Lu, A.; Zhang, G. Prodrug Strategies for Paclitaxel. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 796.

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