Prospects for Liposomes as Drug Carriers

  • Gabriel Lopez-Berestein
  • Roman Perez-Soler


Liposomes are vesicles composed of concentric phospholipid bilayers that are formed spontaneously when an aqueous solution is added to a dried lipid film (Figure 1). Several types of liposomes—multilamellar vesicles (MLV), small unilamellar vesicles (SUV), and reverse evaporation vesicles (REV)—have been described. MLV are used extensively as drug carriers for antineoplastic and antimicrobial drugs: lipophilic drugs can be incorporated in the MLV’s large lipid compartment and hydrophilic drugs can be encapsulated between the vesicles’ lipid bilayers. The liposomes’ size. manbrane charge, fluidity, and other characteristics may modify their in vivo behavior. The changes in drug bioavailability and biodistribution associated with liposome incorporation have been exploited to alter drug toxicity and enhance drug targeting. Design of liposomal drug carriers should be based on the rational selection of the drug or drug analogue; drug carriers; and the target disease, be it focused on a cell, an organ, or a tissue. We review here general pharmacologic concepts of the development of liposamal carriers for antimicrobial and antineoplastic agents.


Drug Carrier Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Liposomal Doxorubicin Cytosine Arabinoside Systemic Fungal Infection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriel Lopez-Berestein
    • 1
  • Roman Perez-Soler
    • 1
  1. 1.Immunobiology and Drug Carriers Section, Department of Clinical Immunology and Biological TherapyThe University of Texas M. D. Anderson Hospital, Tumor Institute at HoustonHoustonUSA

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