Cancer phototherapy with nano-bacteria biohybrids

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  • Hongfei Lu
  • Luqi Niu
  • Lin Yu
  • Kai Jin
  • Jing Zhang
  • Jinliang Liu
  • Xiaohui Zhu
  • Yihan Wu


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-148
Journal / PublicationJournal of Controlled Release
Online published23 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023
Externally publishedYes


The utilization of light for therapeutic interventions, also known as phototherapy, has been extensively employed in the treatment of a wide range of illnesses, including cancer. Despite the benefits of its non-invasive nature, phototherapy still faces challenges pertaining to the delivery of phototherapeutic agents, phototoxicity, and light delivery. The incorporation of nanomaterials and bacteria in phototherapy has emerged as a promising approach that leverages the unique properties of each component. The resulting nano-bacteria biohybrids exhibit enhanced therapeutic efficacy when compared to either component individually. In this review, we summarize and discuss the various strategies for assembling nano-bacteria biohybrids and their applications in phototherapy. We provide a comprehensive overview of the properties and functionalities of nanomaterials and cells in the biohybrids. Notably, we highlight the roles of bacteria beyond their function as drug vehicles, particularly their capacity to produce bioactive molecules. Despite being in its early stage, the integration of photoelectric nanomaterials and genetically engineered bacteria holds promise as an effective biosystem for antitumor phototherapy. The utilization of nano-bacteria biohybrids in phototherapy is a promising avenue for future investigation, with the potential to enhance treatment outcomes for cancer patients. © 2023 Elsevier B.V.

Research Area(s)

  • Antitumor, Biohybrid, Nano-Bacteria, Phototherapy

Citation Format(s)

Cancer phototherapy with nano-bacteria biohybrids. / Lu, Hongfei; Niu, Luqi; Yu, Lin et al.
In: Journal of Controlled Release, Vol. 360, 08.2023, p. 133-148.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review