alexa Dendrimers as versatile platform in drug delivery applications.
Materials Science

Materials Science

Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology

Author(s): Svenson S

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Abstract About forty percent of newly developed drugs are rejected by the pharmaceutical industry and will never benefit a patient because of poor bioavailability due to low water solubility and/or cell membrane permeability. New delivery technologies could help to overcome this challenge. Nanostructures with uniform and well-defined particle size and shape are of eminent interest in biomedical applications because of their ability to cross cell membranes and to reduce the risk of premature clearance from the body. The high level of control over the dendritic architecture (size, branching density, surface functionality) makes dendrimers ideal carriers in these applications. Many commercial small molecule drugs with anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial activity have been successfully associated with dendrimers such as poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM), poly(propylene imine) (PPI or DAB) and poly(etherhydroxylamine) (PEHAM) dendrimers, either via physical interactions or through chemical bonding ('prodrug approach'). Targeted delivery is possible via targeting ligands conjugated to the dendrimer surface or via the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect. The biocompatibility of dendrimers follows patterns known from other small particles. Cationic surfaces show cytotoxicity; however, derivatization with fatty acid or PEG chains, reducing the overall charge density and minimizing contact between cell surfaces and dendrimers, can reduce toxic effects. This article was published in Eur J Pharm Biopharm and referenced in Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology

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