Magnetic nanotechnologies for early cancer diagnostics with liquid biopsies: a review

Diqing Su, Kai Wu, Renata Saha, Jinming Liu, Jian Ping Wang

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Liquid biopsy has become an emerging technology in the detection of cancer related biomarkers as well as the continuous monitoring of cancer treatment. There has been extensive research on the applications of magnetic nanotechnologies in liquid biopsies from the separation of target analytes to the detection of cancer biomarkers. Magnetic separation plays an important role in increasing both the efficiency and sensitivity of the liquid biopsy process. The detection of cancer biomarkers through magnetic nanosensors also possesses many advantages such as low background noise, high sensitivity, short assay time, and the ability to detect multiple biomarkers at the same time. This review focuses on the recent advances of magnetic nanotechnologies in liquid biopsies for cancer detection and its future potential in comparison with other technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number19
JournalJournal of Cancer Metastasis and Treatment
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was financially supported by the Institute of Engineering in Medicine of the University of Minnesota through FY18 IEM Seed Grant Funding Program and the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

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  • Liquid biopsy
  • biosensor
  • cancer
  • magnetic
  • nanotechnology


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