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Drug delivery describes the method and approach to delivering drugs or pharmaceuticals and other xenobiotics to their site of action within an organism, with the goal of achieving a therapeutic outcome. Issues of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics are important considerations for drug delivery.
Foreign body response can result in failure of biomaterials in vivo. Solvent-free crystals containing anti-fibrotic drugs now show the potential for long-term inhibition of fibrosis on a number of implantable devices in rodents and non-human primates.
We produced a human recombinant Hsp70-1A fused with the cell-penetrating peptide Tat (Tat-Hsp70-1A), that was neuroprotective in vitro against the dopaminergic toxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA). We developed and characterized a Tat-Hsp70-1A delivery system by exploiting an injectable, biocompatible, biodegradable semi-interpenetrating polymer network composed of collagen (COLL) and low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid (LMW HA), structured with gelatin particles. Tat-Hsp70-1A diffused from the selected COLL-LMW HA composites in an active form and protected dopaminergic cells and neurons in Parkinson’s disease (PD) models. Furthermore, Tat-Hsp70-loaded composites conveyed neuroprotection both at behavioral and dopaminergic neuronal level against striatal injection of 6-OHDA.
There is interest in developing long-lasting local anaesthetics for a range of applications. Here, the authors report on the application of tetrodotoxin conjugated to amphiphilic biodegradable polymer to reduce systemic toxicity, achieve sustained release and investigate application as a local anaesthetic.
The first clinical success of immunotherapeutics for cancer treatment and the appreciation that tissue regeneration can be greatly improved by precisely and locally modulating the immune response are evidence that immunotherapy is poised to revolutionize the way we treat disease.
An antibody-modified nanoparticle encapsulating a pH-sensitive taxane prodrug, and targeting an overexpressed receptor in tumours, improves the tolerability and anticancer efficacy of the active drug in multiple animal models.
Intelligent design of materials for biomedical applications involves the development of technologies that are informed by an understanding of biological systems. Immunoengineers have been making essential inroads in developing therapeutics endowed with designed biofunctionality, particularly in vaccinology, cancer immunotherapy and immune tolerance.