Brain tumours have poor prognosis and high rates of relapse. One of the main difficulties in diagnosing and treating brain cancers is the presence of the blood brain barrier (BBB). The BBB is a dynamic interface that separates the brain from the circulatory system, and hinders the entry of chemicals into the brain. Recently, targeting peptides have been shown to penetrate the BBB, and enter brain cancer cells through specific receptors. This project proposes to use targeting peptides to deliver theranostic platinum(II) complexes to brain tumours. This approach is envisaged to improve both brain cancer detection and treatment.
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