Nano-Micro Letters

A Review on Artificial Micro/Nanomotors for Cancer-Targeted Delivery, Diagnosis, and Therapy

Jiajia Wang1, Renfeng Dong1, *, Huiying Wu1, Yuepeng Cai1, *, Biye Ren2, *

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Nano-Micro Lett. (2020) 12: 11

First Online: 30 December 2019 (Review)


*Corresponding author. E-mail: rfdong@m.scnu.edu.cn (Renfeng Dong); mcbyren@scut.edu.cn (Biye Ren); caiyp@scnu.edu.cn (Yuepeng Cai)





Micro/nanomotors have been extensively explored for efficient cancer diagnosis and therapy, as evidenced by significant breakthroughs in the design of micro/nanomotor-based intelligent and comprehensive biomedical platforms. Here, we demonstrate the recent advances of micro/nanomotors in the field of cancer-targeted delivery, diagnosis, and imaging-guided therapy, as well as the challenges and problems faced by micro/nanomotors in clinical applications. The outlook for the future development of micro/nanomotors toward clinical applications is also discussed. We hope to highlight these new advances in micro/nanomotors in the field of cancer diagnosis and therapy, with the ultimate goal of stimulating the successful exploration of intelligent micro/nanomotors for future clinical applications.



Micro/nanomotors; Cancer; Drug delivery; Diagnosis, Imaging

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