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Recent advances in porphyrin-based nanocomposites for effective targeted imaging and therapy, Article Biomaterials ; Volume 232 , 2020 ; Tavakkoli Yaraki, M ; Mokhtari Garakani, S ; Mokhtari Garakani, S ; Ahmadi, S ; Lajevardi, A ; Bagherzadeh, M ; Rabiee, M ; Tayebi, L ; Tahriri, M ; Hamblin, M. R ; Sharif University of Technology
Elsevier Ltd 2020
Porphyrins are organic compounds that continue to attract much theoretical interest, and have been called the “pigments of life”. They have a wide role in photodynamic and sonodynamic therapy, along with uses in magnetic resonance, fluorescence and photoacoustic imaging. There is a vast range of porphyrins that have been isolated or designed, but few of them have real clinical applications. Due to the hydrophobic properties of porphyrins, and their tendency to aggregate by stacking of the planar molecules they are difficult to work with in aqueous media. Therefore encapsulating them in nanoparticles (NPs) or attachment to various delivery vehicles have been used to improve delivery...
Aptamer hybrid nanocomplexes as targeting components for antibiotic/gene delivery systems and diagnostics: a review, Article International Journal of Nanomedicine ; Volume 15 , 2020 , Pages 4237-4256 ; Arab, Z ; Safarkhani, M ; Nasseri, B ; Rabiee, M ; Tahriri, M ; Webster, T. J ; Tayebi, L ; Rabiee, N ; Sharif University of Technology
Dove Medical Press Ltd 2020
With the passage of time and more advanced societies, there is a greater emergence and incidence of disease and necessity for improved treatments. In this respect, nowadays, aptamers, with their better efficiency at diagnosing and treating diseases than antibodies, are at the center of attention. Here, in this review, we first investigate aptamer function in various fields (such as the detection and remedy of pathogens, modification of nanoparticles, antibiotic delivery and gene delivery). Then, we present aptamer-conjugated nanocomplexes as the main and efficient factor in gene delivery. Finally, we focus on the targeted co-delivery of genes and drugs by nanocomplexes, as a new exciting...