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Application of Carbon Nanotubes to Brain Tumor Therapy

  1. Dongchang Zhao,
  2. Behnam Badie

Published Online: 15 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9783527610419.ntls0242

Nanotechnologies for the Life Sciences

Nanotechnologies for the Life Sciences

How to Cite

Zhao, D. and Badie, B. 2012. Application of Carbon Nanotubes to Brain Tumor Therapy. Nanotechnologies for the Life Sciences. .

Author Information

  1. City of Hope National Medical Center, Division of Neurosurgery, Duarte, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 FEB 2012


The sections in this article are

  • Introduction
  • The Current Challenge of Brain Tumor Therapy
    • Current Status of Clinical Practice in Brain Tumor Therapy
    • The Progress of Investigational Therapies for Brain Tumors
      • Targeted Molecular Therapy
      • Anti-Angiogenic Therapy
      • Immunotherapy
      • Gene Therapy
  • The Characteristics of CNTs for Biological Applications
    • Single-Walled and Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
    • Functionalization of CNTs
      • Covalent Surface Modification
      • Noncovalent Surface Modification
    • CNT Delivery System
      • Delivery of Antibodies and Peptides
      • Delivery of siRNA
      • Delivery of DNA Molecules
      • Delivery of CpG
      • Delivery of Vaccines
      • Delivery of Chemical Drugs
  • Strategies of Application of CNTs to Brain Tumor Therapy
    • CNTs Targeting Brain Tumor-Macrophages
      • Internalization of CNTs by BV2 Microglia Cells In Vitro
      • Preferential Uptake of CNTs by Macrophages in a Glioma Model
      • Phosphatidylserine-Coated CNTs Targeting Microglia/Macrophages
    • CNTs Targeting Tumor Cells and Preliminary Efforts Towards In Vivo Cancer Therapy
      • CNTs Actively Targeting Tumor Cells
      • CNTs Passively Targeting Tumor Cells
      • CNTs Thermal Effects on Tumor Cells
  • Toxicity Issues of CNTs in Brain Tumor Therapy
  • Conclusions and Future Directions
  • Acknowledgments


  • carbon nanotubes;
  • drug-delivery system;
  • nanomedicine;
  • brain tumor;
  • immunotherapy;
  • tumor-associated macrophage;
  • siRNA;
  • CpG oligodeoxynucleotides