To conquer complex and devastating diseases such as cancer, more coordinated and combined attack strategies are needed. We suggest that these can be beautifully achieved by using nanoconstruct design. We present an example showing that neuroblastoma cells are selectively killed by a nanoconstruct that specifically targets neuroblastoma cells, pushes cells to the vulnerable phase of the cell cycle, and greatly enhances radiation-induced cell death. The success of this multipronged attack approach launched by cell-embedded nanoconstructs demonstrates the power and flexibility of nanotechnology in treating cancer, a difficult task for a small molecule.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Chemistry
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry