DOI: 10.1002/smll.202304006 ISSN:

Research Status of Dendrimer Micelles in Tumor Therapy for Drug Delivery

Xijie Wang, Min Zhang, Yanan Li, Hailin Cong, Bing Yu, Youqing Shen
  • Biomaterials
  • Biotechnology
  • General Materials Science
  • General Chemistry


Dendrimers are a family of polymers with highly branched structure, well‐defined composition, and extensive functional groups, which have attracted great attention in biomedical applications. Micelles formed by dendrimers are ideal nanocarriers for delivering anticancer agents due to the explicit study of their characteristics of particle size, charge, and biological properties such as toxicity, blood circulation time, biodistribution, and cellular internalization. Here, the classification, preparation, and structure of dendrimer micelles are reviewed, and the specific functional groups modified on the surface of dendrimers for tumor active targeting, stimuli‐responsive drug release, reduced toxicity, and prolonged blood circulation time are discussed. In addition, their applications are summarized as various platforms for biomedical applications related to cancer therapy including drug delivery, gene transfection, nano‐contrast for imaging, and combined therapy. Other applications such as tissue engineering and biosensor are also involved. Finally, the possible challenges and perspectives of dendrimer micelles for their further applications are discussed.

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