Paclitaxel (PTX) is used as a viable cancer medication in the chemotherapy of breast, ovarian, lung, bladder, neck, head, and esophageal tumors. The focus of this review is to survey various folate-targeting PTX-loaded nanopreparations in both research and clinical applications. There are diverse nanopreparations, including liposomes, micelles, polymeric nanopreparations, lipid nanopreparations, lipoprotein nanocarriers, and other inorganic nanopreparations for folate-associated PTX tumor targeting. Here, the folate targeting PTX-loaded nanopreparations, which have promising results in the constructive treatment of cancer by reducing toxic side-effects and/or improving effectiveness, was mainly reviewed.
Keywords: Paclitaxel; anticancer; folate receptor; nanopreparations; tumor targeting.
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