Photodynamic Drug Delivery

Authored by: Julie Tzu-Wen Wang , Josephine H. Woodhams , Alexander J. MacRobert , Stephen G. Bown , Kristian Berg

CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439899335
eBook ISBN: 9781466561250
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b12252-66

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Abstract

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is considered to be a site-specific cancer therapy because the therapeutic effects only take place in the area exposed to light. With the rapid expansion of PDT, many new drugs either chemically or endogenously synthesized have been developed and exploited in various ways. Among them, there is a group of photosensitizers with a unique intracellular distribution pattern observed under fluorescence microscopy.

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