Development of stimuli-responsive nanogels as drug carriers and their biomedical application in 3D printing

F. Abedi, P. Ghandforoushan, F. Adeli, M. Yousefnezhad, A. Mohammadi, S. V. Moghaddam*, S. Davaran*

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With the groundbreaking progress in nanomedicine, innovative drug delivery systems have shown rapid development, in which nano-vehicles play a vital role in disease treatment. In comparison with common pharmaceutics (with several limitations including short half-lives, poor drug delivery, and non-specific systemic toxicity), stimuli-responsive nanogels (NGs) can deliver anti-tumor drugs to specific sites and improve therapeutic effects without non-selective toxicity. Here, we demonstrate new advances in stimuli-responsive NGs (such as light, temperature, redox, magnetic, and pH-responsive NGs). The present review emphasizes a summary of the preparation, biomedical application, current progress, and challenges in stimuli-responsive NGs, for effective cancer treatment. Due to the increasing demands for precise nanogel production, being utilized for clinical, biomedical applications, and particularly 3D printing has been explored in the past few years. Lastly, we provide explications concerning what is needed for the field to continue to grow since nanogels are one of the most precise, inexpensive, and efficient carriers with conventional manufacturing techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101372
JournalMaterials Today Chemistry
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

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  • 3D printing
  • Cancer
  • Drug delivery
  • Polymers
  • Smart nanogels


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