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Multifunctional and Self-Healable Intelligent Hydrogels for Cancer Drug Delivery and Promoting Tissue Regeneration In Vivo

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Pharmaceutical Technology Institute, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad 91735, Iran
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Center for Nanotechnology and Sustainability, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117581, Singapore
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Engineering Research Center in Biomaterials, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
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Department of Morphology, Experimental Medicine and Surgery, University of Ferrara, Via Fossato di Mortara 70, 44121 Ferrara, Italy
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UCL Medical School, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
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Academic Editor: Kalim Deshmukh
Polymers 2021, 13(16), 2680; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13162680
Received: 22 July 2021 / Revised: 8 August 2021 / Accepted: 9 August 2021 / Published: 11 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Bio-Based Polymers and Nanocomposites)
Regenerative medicine seeks to assess how materials fundamentally affect cellular functions to improve retaining, restoring, and revitalizing damaged tissues and cancer therapy. As potential candidates in regenerative medicine, hydrogels have attracted much attention due to mimicking of native cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) in cell biology, tissue engineering, and drug screening over the past two decades. In addition, hydrogels with a high capacity for drug loading and sustained release profile are applicable in drug delivery systems. Recently, self-healing supramolecular hydrogels, as a novel class of biomaterials, are being used in preclinical trials with benefits such as biocompatibility, native tissue mimicry, and injectability via a reversible crosslink. Meanwhile, the localized therapeutics agent delivery is beneficial due to the ability to deliver more doses of therapeutic agents to the targeted site and the ability to overcome post-surgical complications, inflammation, and infections. These highly potential materials can help address the limitations of current drug delivery systems and the high clinical demand for customized drug release systems. To this aim, the current review presents the state-of-the-art progress of multifunctional and self-healable hydrogels for a broad range of applications in cancer therapy, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. View Full-Text
Keywords: anti-cancer drug delivery; regenerative medicine; self-healing hydrogel; cancer vaccination anti-cancer drug delivery; regenerative medicine; self-healing hydrogel; cancer vaccination
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Pishavar, E.; Khosravi, F.; Naserifar, M.; Rezvani Ghomi, E.; Luo, H.; Zavan, B.; Seifalian, A.; Ramakrishna, S. Multifunctional and Self-Healable Intelligent Hydrogels for Cancer Drug Delivery and Promoting Tissue Regeneration In Vivo. Polymers 2021, 13, 2680. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13162680

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Pishavar E, Khosravi F, Naserifar M, Rezvani Ghomi E, Luo H, Zavan B, Seifalian A, Ramakrishna S. Multifunctional and Self-Healable Intelligent Hydrogels for Cancer Drug Delivery and Promoting Tissue Regeneration In Vivo. Polymers. 2021; 13(16):2680. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13162680

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Pishavar, Elham, Fatemeh Khosravi, Mahshid Naserifar, Erfan Rezvani Ghomi, Hongrong Luo, Barbara Zavan, Amelia Seifalian, and Seeram Ramakrishna. 2021. "Multifunctional and Self-Healable Intelligent Hydrogels for Cancer Drug Delivery and Promoting Tissue Regeneration In Vivo" Polymers 13, no. 16: 2680. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13162680

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