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Opportunities for glyconanomaterials in personalized medicine

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Niels-Christian Reichardt, Manuel Martín-Lomas and Soledad Penadés

Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 13430-13439 DOI: 10.1039/C6CC04445J

Abstract

In this feature article we discuss the particular relevance of glycans as components or targets of functionalized nanoparticles (NPs) for potential applications in personalized medicine but we will not enter into descriptions for their preparation. For a more general view covering the preparation and applications of glyconanomaterials the reader is referred to a number of recent reviews. The combination of glyco- and nanotechnology is already providing promising new tools for more personalized solutions to diagnostics and therapy. Current applications relevant to personalized medicine include drug targeting, localized radiation therapy, imaging of glycan expression of cancer cells, point of care diagnostics, cancer vaccines, photodynamic therapy, biosensors, and glycoproteomics.

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