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Polymeric Nanogels for Theranostic Applications: A Mini-Review

Author(s):

Vineeth M. Vijayan*, Pradipika Natamai Vasudevan and Vinoy Thomas*  

Abstract:


Theranostics is a recently emerging area in nanomedicine.Nanoparticles which can combine both diagnostic and therapy in one single platform serve as theranostic agents. Some of the currently explored nanoparticles are metallic nanoparticles, mesoporous silica nanoparticles, carbon based nanoparticles, and polymer nanogels. Polymeric nanogels are receiving considerable attention due to its high biocompatibility and functional performance. The present review article briefly summarizes the scopes and challenges of the state of art of using polymeric nanogels for theranostic applications.Among thedifferent polymer nanogels, a special emphasis is given to polymeric nanogels with innate imaging potential

Keywords:

Theranostics, nanogel, fluorescence, imaging agent, therapeutic agent, nanoparticles

Affiliation:

Polymers and Healthcare/Devices Lab, Department of Material Science and Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35233, Department of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Rourkela, Rourkela, Odisha 769008, Polymers and Healthcare/Devices Lab, Department of Material Science and Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35233



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