Peptide-based supramolecular assembly drugs toward cancer theranostics

Shukun Li, Ruirui Xing, Jan C M van Hest, Xuehai Yan

Published: 2022


Introduction: Peptide-based supramolecular self-assembly has been demonstrated to be a flexible approach for the fabrication of programmable de novo nanodrugs by employing synergistic or reciprocal intermolecular non-covalent interactions. This class of nanomaterials holds significant promise for clinical translation, especially as cancer theranostics.

Areas covered: In this review, we describe the concept of cancer theranostic drug assembly by employing non-covalent interactions. That is, molecular drugs are formulated into nanoscale and even microscale architectures by peptide-modulated self-assembly. A series of peptide-based supramolecular assembly drugs are discussed, with an emphasis on the relation between structural feature and theranostic performance.

Expert opinion: Molecular design, manipulation of non-covalent interactions, and elucidation of structure-function relationships not only facilitate the implementation of supramolecular self-assembly principles in drug development, but also provide a new means for advancing anticancer nanostructured drugs toward clinical application.

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