Transport Across the Blood-Brain Barrier

  • Bingmei M. FuEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1097)


The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a dynamic barrier essential for maintaining the microenvironment of the brain. Although the special anatomical features of the BBB determine its protective role for the central nervous system (CNS) from blood-borne neurotoxins, however, the BBB extremely limits the therapeutic efficacy of drugs into the CNS, which greatly hinders the treatment of major brain diseases. This chapter summarized the unique structures of the BBB; described a variety of in vivo and in vitro experimental methods for determining the transport properties of the BBB and the permeability of the BBB to water, ions, and solutes including nutrients, therapeutic agents, and drug carriers; and presented recently developed mathematical models which quantitatively correlate the anatomical structures of the BBB with its barrier functions. Recent findings for modulation of the BBB permeability by chemical and physical stimuli were described. Finally, drug delivery strategies through specific trans-BBB routes were discussed.



The author would like to thank the funding support from the National Institutes of Health RO1NS101362-01 and U54CA132378-09.


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  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringThe City College of the City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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