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Two major challenges of current photodynamic therapy (PDT) are the limited tissue penetration of excitation light and poor tumor-selectivity of the photosensitizer (PS). To address these issues, we developed a multifunctional nanoconstruct consisting of upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) that transform near-infrared (NIR) light to visible light and a… (More)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has recently emerged as an approach to enhance intratumoral accumulation of nanoparticles. However, conventional PDT is greatly limited by the inability of the excitation light to sufficiently penetrate tissue, rendering PDT ineffective in the relatively deep tumors. To address this limitation, we developed a novel PDT platform… (More)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has recently been proposed as an innovative approach to combat multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria. To improve the penetration depth of current PDT, a core-shell upconversion nanoparticle (UCNP) based PDT system, composed of a cationic N-octyl chitosan (OC) coated UCNP loaded with the photosensitizer zinc phthalocyanine… (More)
A synergistic dual-targeting molecular self-assembly hydrogel was designed with estrone (Et) and Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) peptide. Confocal imaging in vitro and real-time visualization in vivo researches were carried out to evidence enhanced targeted delivery and anticancer effect of Taxol.