• ADE IRMA SURYANI Master Program in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Padjadjaran, Sumedang 45363, Indonesia
  • NASRUL WATHONI Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Padjadjaran, Sumedang 45363, Indonesia
  • MUCHTARIDI MUCHTARIDI Department of Pharmaceutical Analysis and Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Padjadjaran, Sumedang 45363, Indonesia
  • I. MADE JONI Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Padjadjaran, Sumedang 45363, Indonesia, Functional Nano Powder University Center of Excellence (FiNder U CoE), Universitas Padjadjaran, Jalan Raya Bandung-Sumedang Km 21, Jatinangor 45363, Indonesia



Nanoparticles, Chitosan, Alginate, Cancer therapy, Targeted delivery, Polymer


This review aimed to determine the potential of the combination of chitosan and alginate as a targeted drug carrier in cancer therapy. This article is based on the results of previous research journals collected from Google Scholar, Scopus, PubMed and Science Direct sites using the keywords chitosan, alginate, targeted drug delivery for cancer, nanoparticle chitosan alginate. With the inclusion criteria, only English-language journals, journals published in the last 10 y, related to chitosan and alginate-based formulations. Meanwhile, the exclusion criteria were journals on pharmacological properties and bioactivity, food and cosmetics. The combination of cationic chitosan and anionic alginate forming strong cross-links showed good mucoadhesive properties, higher resistance to low pH and high-efficiency encapsulation without showing any obvious cytotoxicity. Ch/Alg can overcome the shortcomings of the active substance, such as its rapid release process and the required active ingredient is lower than that required to enter the cancer target cells so as to minimize side effects of the drug by providing drug-induced release. in response to various stimuli that are well suited to the intended purpose, such as pH stimuli, redox gradients, light, temperature, and magnetism. It is shown that the combination of chitosan and alginate base has great potential in targeting cancer therapy by increasing its therapeutic effectiveness and selectivity.


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