Targeting Cancer Stem Cells by Nanoenabled Drug Delivery

  • Koyeli Girigoswami
  • Pragya Pallavi
  • Agnishwar Girigoswami


Resistance to chemotherapy and radiotherapy is commonly seen in cancer cells due to various reasons like mutation in drug target or their overexpression, drug inactivation, or drug removal from the cell, thereby rendering a problem in cancer management. The cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are responsible for cancer metastasis, are far reached from conventional therapies as these approaches are unable to eradicate the drug-resistant CSCs, and a novel approach for targeting these CSCs is warranted. Nanotechnology has occupied a huge space in drug delivery due to their unique photophysical properties and large surface area to volume ratio compared to their bulk counterparts. Targeted drug delivery can be achieved using nanoenabled drug delivery as the different nanostructures can be functionalized to tag different molecules which can identify specifically the CSCs. Moreover these nanostructures can also be used as cargo for carrying the chemotherapeutic drugs and delivering them to the target site. This chapter discusses the different types of nanocarriers used for targeted drug delivery as well as the progress in research for targeting the CSCs and destroying them.


Cancer stem cells Nanoenabled drug delivery Bionanotechnology Nanotheranostics 



The authors are grateful to Chettinad Academy of Research and Education for providing the infrastructure. Conflict of interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Koyeli Girigoswami
    • 1
  • Pragya Pallavi
    • 1
  • Agnishwar Girigoswami
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical Bionanotechnology Laboratory, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Chettinad Hospital and Research InstituteChettinad Academy of Research and EducationChennaiIndia

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