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A Review on Targeting Nanoparticles for Breast Cancer

[ Vol. 20 , Issue. 13 ]


Hasanain Gomhor J. Alqaraghuli, Soheila Kashanian* and Ronak Rafipour   Pages 1087 - 1107 ( 21 )


Chemotherapeutic agents have been used extensively in breast cancer remedy. However, most anticancer drugs cannot differentiate between cancer cells and normal cells, leading to toxic side effects. Also, the resulted drug resistance during chemotherapy reduces treatment efficacy. The development of targeted drug delivery offers great promise in breast cancer treatment both in clinical applications and in pharmaceutical research. Conjugation of nanocarriers with targeting ligands is an effective therapeutic strategy to treat cancer diseases. In this review, we focus on active targeting methods for breast cancer cells through the use of chemical ligands such as antibodies, peptides, aptamers, vitamins, hormones, and carbohydrates. Also, this review covers all information related to these targeting ligands, such as their subtypes, advantages, disadvantages, chemical modification methods with nanoparticles and recent published studies (from 2015 to present). We have discussed 28 different targeting methods utilized for targeted drug delivery to breast cancer cells with different nanocarriers delivering anticancer drugs to the tumors. These different targeting methods give researchers in the field of drug delivery all the information and techniques they need to develop modern drug delivery systems.


Breast cancer, drug delivery, tumor targeting methods, anticancer drug, targeted therapy, targeted drug delivery.


Faculty of Chemistry, Razi University, Kermanshah, Faculty of Chemistry, Sensor and Biosensor Research Center (SBRC) & Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Center (NNRC), Razi University, Kermanshah, Department of Chemistry, Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah

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