Mechanisms of cooperation in cancer nanomedicine: towards systems nanotechnology
Author(s)Hauert, Sabine; Bhatia, Sangeeta N.
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Nanoparticles are designed to deliver therapeutics and diagnostics selectively to tumors. Their size, shape, charge, material, coating, and cargo determine their individual functionalities. A systems approach could help predict the behavior of trillions of nanoparticles interacting in complex tumor environments. Engineering these nanosystems may lead to biomimetic strategies where interactions between nanoparticles and their environment give rise to cooperative behaviors typically seen in natural self-organized systems. Examples include nanoparticles that communicate the location of a tumor to amplify tumor homing or self-assemble and disassemble to optimize nanoparticle transport. The challenge is to discover which nanoparticle designs lead to a desired system behavior. To this end, novel nanomaterials, deep understanding of biology, and computational tools are emerging as the next frontier.
DepartmentInstitute for Medical Engineering and Science; David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT; Harvard University--MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Trends in Biotechnology
Hauert, Sabine, and Sangeeta N. Bhatia. “Mechanisms of Cooperation in Cancer Nanomedicine: Towards Systems Nanotechnology.” Trends in Biotechnology 32, no. 9 (September 2014): 448–455.
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