Mitochondrial targeting theranostic nanomedicine and molecular biomarkers for efficient cancer diagnosis and therapy

Susanta Kumar Rout, Vishnu Priya, Aseem Setia, Abhishesh Kumar Mehata, Syam Mohan, Mohammed Albratty, Asim Najmi, Abdulkarim M Meraya, Hafiz A Makeen, Murtaza M Tambuwala, Madaswamy S Muthu

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Mitochondria play a crucial part in the cell's ability to adapt to the changing microenvironments and their dysfunction is associated with an extensive array of illnesses, including cancer. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been identified as a potential therapeutic target for cancer therapy. The objective of this article is to give an in-depth analysis of cancer treatment that targets the mitochondrial genome at the molecular level. Recent studies provide insights into nanomedicine techniques and theranostic nanomedicine for mitochondrial targeting. It also provides conceptual information on mitochondrial biomarkers for cancer treatment. Major drawbacks and challenges involved in mitochondrial targeting for advanced cancer therapy have also been discussed. There is a lot of evidence and reason to support using nanomedicine to focus on mitochondrial function. The development of a delivery system with increased selectivity and effectiveness is a prerequisite for a theranostic approach to cancer treatment. If given in large amounts, several new cancer-fighting medicines have been created that are toxic to healthy cells as well. For effective therapy, a new drug must be developed rather than an old one. When it comes to mitochondrial targeting therapy, theranostic techniques offer valuable insight.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113451
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalBiomedicine and Pharmacotherapy
Early online date26 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Sept 2022

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Funding Information:
The authors extend their appreciation to the Deputyship for Research & Innovation , Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia for funding this research work through the project number ISP20 – 13. The author Susanta Kumar Rout expresses his gratitude to Indian Institute of Technology ( BHU ), Varanasi, India and the Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India, for providing research scholarship.

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  • Nanomedicine
  • Neoplasms - diagnosis - drug therapy - genetics
  • Mitochondria
  • Biomarkers
  • Nanomedicine - methods
  • Tumor Microenvironment
  • Therapeutic targets
  • Mitochondrial molecular target
  • Cancer theranostic
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Humans
  • Theranostic Nanomedicine


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