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Drug transport across the blood-brain barrier

III. Mechanisms and methods to improve drug delivery to the central nervous system
  • J. B. M. M. Van Bree
  • A. G. De Boer
  • M. Danhof
  • D. D. Breimer


This is the third part of a review on the transport of drugs across the blood-brain barrier. In the first two parts, the anatomical and physiological aspects and the various techniques that can be used to study blood-brain transport have been discussed and reviewed. This third part focuses specifically on the mechanisms that are involved in drug transport across the blood-brain barrier. In addition, the opportunities to improve drug transport into the brain will be reviewed. Emphasis is on the transport of peptides.


Biological transport Blood-brain barrier Cell membrane permeability Cerebrospinal fluid Peptides Prodrugs Proteins 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. B. M. M. Van Bree
    • 1
  • A. G. De Boer
    • 1
  • M. Danhof
    • 1
  • D. D. Breimer
    • 1
  1. 1.Leiden/Amsterdam Center for Drug Research, Division of PharmacologyLeiden UniversityRA Leidenthe Netherlands

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