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About this book
This book features a special subsection of Nanomedicine, an application of nanotechnology to achieve breakthroughs in healthcare. It exploits the improved and often novel physical, chemical and biological properties of materials only existent at the nanometer scale. As a consequence of small scale, nanosystems in most cases are efficiently uptaken by cells and appear to act at the intracellular level. Nanotechnology has the potential to improve diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of diseases, and includes targeted drug delivery and regenerative medicine; it creates new tools and methods that impact significantly existing conservative practices.
This volume is a collection of authoritative reviews. In the introductory part we define the field (intracellular delivery). Then, we first we cover fundamental routes of nanodelivery devices cellular uptake, types of delivery devices, particularly in terms of localized cellular delivery, both for small drug molecules, macromolecular drugs and genes; all at academic and applied levels. Following is dedicated to enhancing delivery via special targeting motifs. Second, we introduce different types of intracellular nanodelivery devices (their chemistry, although the coverage is far from complete) and ways of producing these different devices. Third, we put special emphasis on particular disease states and on other biomedical applications. Diagnostic and sensing is also included.
The intracellular delivery/therapy is a very pregnant topic which will stir great interest. Intracellular delivery enables much more efficient drug delivery since the impact (on different organelles and sites) is intracellular as the drug is not supplied externally within the blood stream. There is a great potential for targeted delivery with improved localized delivery and efficacy.
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- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-1248-5
- Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
- Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
- eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
- Print ISBN 978-94-007-1247-8
- Online ISBN 978-94-007-1248-5
- Series Print ISSN 1559-7083
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