Reema Zeineldin, Ph.D.
Nanocarriers

Nanocarriers are nanomaterials utilized in therapy, diagnostics, and theranostics. Nanocarriers are
multifunctional as several types of molecules can be loaded onto them through physical adsorption or chemical
conjugations including drugs, imaging agents, targeting moieties such as ligands or antibodies, and
polyethylene glycol (PEG), the latter increases the half-life of therapeutic agents and promotes passive and
active tumor targeting. Examples of nanocarriers include liposomes, self-assembled polymers, micelles,
hydrogels, dendrimers, quantum dots, magnetic nanoparticles, carbon-based nanocarriers (bucky balls and
carbon nanotubes), and metal or oxide based nanocarriers (colloidal gold, silica, and titanium dioxide).
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stealth (protected) vehicles with prolonged circulation time and
with reduced non-specific interactions with proteins.
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