Polysaccharides as nanomaterials for therapeutics

Shoshy Mizrahy, Dan Peer

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Abstract

The use of polysaccharides as building blocks in the development of nano-size drug delivery systems is rapidly growing. This can be attributed to the outstanding virtues of polysaccharides such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, low toxicity, and low cost. In addition, the variety of physicochemical properties and the ease of chemical modifications enable the preparation of a wide array of nanoparticles. This chapter describes the properties of common polysaccharides and the main mechanisms for polysaccharide-based nanoparticle preparation and provides examples from the conceptual design toward pre-clinical and clinical applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Harnessing Biomaterials in Nanomedicine
PublisherPan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd.
Pages123-162
Number of pages40
ISBN (Print)9789814316460
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 31 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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