Intranasal delivery of stem cell-based therapies for the treatment of brain malignancies

Gina Li, Nicolas Bonamici, Mahua Dey, Maciej S. Lesniak, Irina V. Balyasnikova*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

28 Scopus citations


Introduction: Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most aggressive malignant brain cancer in adults, and its poor prognosis and resistance to the existing standard of care require the development of innovative therapeutic modalities. The local delivery of stem cells as therapeutic carriers against glioma has produced encouraging results, but encounters obstacles with regards to the repeatability and invasiveness of administration. Intranasal delivery of therapeutic stem cells could overcome these obstacles, among others, as a noninvasive and easily repeatable mode of administration. Areas covered: This review describes nasal anatomy, routes of stem cell migration, and factors affecting stem cell delivery to hard-to-reach tumors. Furthermore, this review discusses the molecular mechanisms underlying stem cell migration following delivery, as well as possible stem cell effector functions to be considered in combination with intranasal delivery. Expert opinion: Further research is necessary to elucidate the dynamics of stem cell effector functions in the context of intranasal delivery and optimize their therapeutic potency. Nonetheless, the technique represents a promising tool against brain cancer and has the potential to be expanded for use against other brain pathologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-172
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Opinion on Drug Delivery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018


  • CNS delivery
  • Glioblastoma
  • intranasal delivery
  • malignant glioma
  • stem cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Intranasal delivery of stem cell-based therapies for the treatment of brain malignancies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this