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      Stimuli-Responsive Nanomedicines for Overcoming Cancer Multidrug Resistance


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          Chemotherapy is still a main option for cancer therapy, but its efficacy is often unsatisfying due to multidrug resistance (MDR). The tumor microenvironment is considered a dominant factor causing MDR. Stimuli-responsive nanomedicines exhibit many superiorities for reversal of MDR. As smart systems, stimuli-responsive nanomedicines are desirable for achieving site-specific accumulation and triggered drug release in response to slight changes in physicochemical properties in pathological conditions or to exogenous stimuli. In this review, we highlight the current progress of various nanomedicines with different stimuli-responsive capabilities for overcoming MDR. The materials, design, construction as well as efficacy in overcoming MDR of these nanomedicines are discussed. Eventually, we look forward to forthcoming intelligent nanoparticle systems with new mechanisms to deliver drugs for practical applications in conquering cancer MDR.

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              Cancer stem cells and drug resistance: the potential of nanomedicine.

              Properties of the small group of cancer cells called tumor-initiating or cancer stem cells (CSCs) involved in drug resistance, metastasis and relapse of cancers can significantly affect tumor therapy. Importantly, tumor drug resistance seems to be closely related to many intrinsic or acquired properties of CSCs, such as quiescence, specific morphology, DNA repair ability and overexpression of antiapoptotic proteins, drug efflux transporters and detoxifying enzymes. The specific microenvironment (niche) and hypoxic stability provide additional protection against anticancer therapy for CSCs. Thus, CSC-focused therapy is destined to form the core of any effective anticancer strategy. Nanomedicine has great potential in the development of CSC-targeting drugs, controlled drug delivery and release, and the design of novel gene-specific drugs and diagnostic modalities. This review is focused on tumor drug resistance-related properties of CSCs and describes current nanomedicine approaches, which could form the basis of novel combination therapies for eliminating metastatic and CSCs.

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                Ivyspring International Publisher (Sydney )
                1 January 2018
                : 8
                : 4
                : 1059-1074
                [1 ]State Key Laboratory of Drug Research & Center of Pharmaceutics, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201203, China;
                [2 ]China State Institute of Pharmaceutical Industry, Shanghai 201203, China.
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                ✉ Corresponding author: State Key Laboratory of Drug Research & Center of Pharmaceutics, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, CAS, 501 Haike Road, Shanghai 201203, China Email: ypli@ 123456simm.ac.cn Tel/Fax: +86-21-2023-1979

                Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.

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                Molecular medicine
                multidrug resistance,cancer,tumor microenvironment,stimuli-responsive,nanomedicines,chemotherapy


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