DOI: 10.3390/gels9080662 ISSN:

Advances in the Research and Application of Smart-Responsive Hydrogels in Disease Treatment

Juan Cao, Ping Yuan, Bo Wu, Yeqi Liu, Cheng Hu
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • Bioengineering

Smart-responsive hydrogels have been widely used in various fields, particularly in the biomedical field. Compared with traditional hydrogels, smart-responsive hydrogels not only facilitate the encapsulation and controlled release of drugs, active substances, and even cells but, more importantly, they enable the on-demand and controllable release of drugs and active substances at the disease site, significantly enhancing the efficacy of disease treatment. With the rapid advancement of biomaterials, smart-responsive hydrogels have received widespread attention, and a wide variety of smart-responsive hydrogels have been developed for the treatment of different diseases, thus presenting tremendous research prospects. This review summarizes the latest advancements in various smart-responsive hydrogels used for disease treatment. Additionally, some of the current shortcomings of smart-responsive hydrogels and the strategies to address them are discussed, as well as the future development directions and prospects of smart-responsive hydrogels.

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