Application of Multifunctional Nanomaterials in Radioprotection of Healthy Tissues

Jiani Xie, Chengyan Wang, Feng Zhao, Zhanjun Gu, Yuliang Zhao

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Radiotherapy has been extensively used in clinic for malignant tumors treatment. However, a severe challenge of it is that the ionizing radiation needed to kill tumors inevitably causes damage to surrounding normal tissues. Although some of the molecular radioprotective drugs, such as amifostine, have been used as clinical adjuvants to radio-protect healthy tissues, their shortcomings such as short systemic circulation time and fast biological clearing from the body largely hinder the sustained bioactivity. Recently, with the rapid development of nanotechnology in the biological field, the multifunctional nanomaterials not only establish powerful drug delivery systems to improve the molecular radioprotective drugs' biological availability, but also open a new route to develop neozoic radioprotective agents because some nanoparticles possess intrinsic radioprotective abilities. Therefore, considering these overwhelming superiorities, this review systematically summarizes the advances in healthy tissue radioprotection applications of multifunctional nanomaterials. Furthermore, this review also points out a perspective of nanomaterial designs for radioprotection applications and discusses the challenges and future outlooks of the nanomaterial-mediated radioprotection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1800421
Pages (from-to)e1800421
JournalAdvanced Healthcare Materials
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 24 2018


  • multifunctional nanomaterials
  • nanocarriers
  • nanoradioprotectors
  • radioprotection
  • radioprotective mechanisms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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