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Theranostics. 2013;3(3):223-38. doi: 10.7150/thno.5409. Epub 2013 Mar 1.

Gold nanorods based platforms for light-mediated theranostics.

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CAS Key Laboratory for Biomedical Effects of Nanomaterials and Nanosafety, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190, China.

Abstract

Due to their tunable surface plasmon and photothermal effects, gold nanorods (AuNRs) have proved to be promising in a wide range of biomedical applications such as imaging, hyperthermia therapy and drug delivery. All these applications can be remotely controlled by near infrared (NIR) light which can penetrate deep into human tissues with minimal lateral invasion. AuNRs thus hold the potential to combine both imaging diagnosis and therapeutic treatment into one single system and function as a NIR light-mediated theranostic platform. Herein we review recent progress in diagnostic and therapeutic applications of AuNRs with a highlight on combined applications for theranostic purposes.

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Gold nanorods; cancer therapy; drug delivery.; hyperthermia; imaging; theranostics

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23471510
PMCID:
PMC3590591
DOI:
10.7150/thno.5409
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