Theranostics 2016; 6(7):930-947. doi:10.7150/thno.14855 This issue


Dendritic Polymers for Theranostics

Yuan Ma*, Quanbing Mou*, Dali Wang, Xinyuan Zhu, Deyue Yan

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, P. R. China.
*Equal contribution

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Ma Y, Mou Q, Wang D, Zhu X, Yan D. Dendritic Polymers for Theranostics. Theranostics 2016; 6(7):930-947. doi:10.7150/thno.14855. Available from

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Dendritic polymers are highly branched polymers with controllable structures, which possess a large population of terminal functional groups, low solution or melt viscosity, and good solubility. Their size, degree of branching and functionality can be adjusted and controlled through the synthetic procedures. These tunable structures correspond to application-related properties, such as biodegradability, biocompatibility, stimuli-responsiveness and self-assembly ability, which are the key points for theranostic applications, including chemotherapeutic theranostics, biotherapeutic theranostics, phototherapeutic theranostics, radiotherapeutic theranostics and combined therapeutic theranostics. Up to now, significant progress has been made for the dendritic polymers in solving some of the fundamental and technical questions toward their theranostic applications. In this review, we briefly summarize how to control the structures of dendritic polymers, the theranostics-related properties derived from their structures and their theranostics-related applications.

Keywords: Dendritic polymers, theranostics