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Nanoparticle-based Drug Delivery Systems for Targeted Epigenetics Cancer Therapy

[ Vol. 21 , Issue. 11 ]


Fengqian Chen, Yunzhen Shi, Jinming Zhang and Qi Liu*   Pages 1084 - 1098 ( 15 )


This review summarizes the epigenetic mechanisms of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) methylation, histone modifications in cancer and the epigenetic modifications in cancer therapy. Due to their undesired side effects, the use of epigenetic drugs as chemo-drugs in cancer therapies is limited. The drug delivery system opens a door for minimizing these side effects and achieving greater therapeutic benefits. The limitations of current epigenetic therapies in clinical cancer treatment and the advantages of using drug delivery systems for epigenetic agents are also discussed. Combining drug delivery systems with epigenetic therapy is a promising approach to reaching a high therapeutic index and minimizing the side effects.


Gene expression, epigenetic regulation/pathway/change, DNA methylation, histone modifications/methylation/ acetylation, non-coding RNA, bromodomain, nanoparticle/nanomedicine/nanotechnology.


Department of Environmental Toxicology, The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79416, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, University of Macau, Macau, School of Pharmacy, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Cancer Research Building II, Suite 216, 1550 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

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