Applications of lignin nanoparticles for cancer drug delivery: An update

Jivesh Garg, Mei Nee Chiu, Saravanan Krishnan, Lokesh Kumar Tripathi, Soumya Pandit, Bahareh Farasati Far, Niraj Kumar Jha, Kavindra Kumar Kesari, Vikas Tripathi, Sadanand Pandey, Piyush Kumar Gupta

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Cancer is one of the fast-growing diseases with an increasing trend in mortality rate worldwide. Among the treatment modalities, chemotherapy is regarded as an active therapeutic approach where anti-cancer drugs are used to kill cancer cells or arrest its growth. With the emergence of nanotechnology, nanomedicines are being developed to improve the overall pharmaceutical properties of anti-cancer drugs namely drug stability, solubility and bioavailability. Lignin-based nanomaterials are prepared from naturally available lignin polymers, a constituent of lignocellulosic biomass, showcases non-toxic behavior, biodegradable nature, and excellent absorption capacity and are well suited for biomedical applications. This review presents the recent advances on the emerging applications of lignin-based nanomaterials for cancer therapeutics. More importantly, the functional properties of lignin -nanoparticulate systems in cancer drug delivery was discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number131573
JournalMaterials Letters
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Anticancer drug
  • Drug delivery
  • Lignin
  • Nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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