HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Nanotech hitchhikers in blood

Santa Barbara, Calif. -- Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have discovered that attaching polymeric nanoparticles to the surface of red blood cells dramatically increases the in vivo lifetime of the nanoparticles. The research, published July 7 in Experimental Biology and Medicine, could offer applications for the delivery of drugs and circulating bioreactors.

Polymeric nanoparticles are excellent carriers for delivering drugs. They protect drugs from degradation until they reach their target and provide sustained release of drugs. Polymeric nanoparticles, however, suffer from one major limitation: they are quickly removed from the blood, sometimes in minutes, rendering them ineffective in delivering drugs.

The research team, led by Samir Mitragotri, a professor of chemical engineering, and Elizabeth Chambers, a recent doctoral graduate, found that nanoparticles can be forced to remain in circulation when attached to red blood cells. The particles eventually detach from the blood cells due to shear forces and cell-to-cell interactions, and are cleared from the system by the liver and spleen. Red blood cell circulation is not affected by attaching the nanoparticles.

Attachment of polymeric nanoparticles to red blood cells combines the advantages of the long circulating lifetime of the red blood cell, and their abundance, with the robustness of polymeric nanoparticles, said Mitragotri. Using red blood cells to extend the circulation time of the particles avoids the need to modify the surface chemistry of the entire particle, which offers the potential to attach chemicals to the exposed surface for targeting applications.

The researchers have learned that particles adhered to red blood cells can escape phagocytosis because red blood cells have a knack for evading macrophages. Nanoparticles arent the first to be piggybacking on red blood cells; the strategy has already been adopted by certain bacteria, s
'"/>

Contact: Barbara B. Gray
bbgray@engineering.ucsb.edu
818-889-5415
University of California - Santa Barbara
27-Jun-2007


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Nanotechnology helps scientists make bendy sensors for hydrogen vehicles
2. FDA Nanotechnology Task Force takes positive step forward
3. A new report, Where Does the Nano Go? End-of-Life Regulation of Nanotechnologies
4. Nanotechnology, medicine and bioethics
5. Nanotechnology: consumers must be convinced benefits outweigh risks
6. Nanotechnology requires immediate changes in EPA
7. Nanotechnology provides green path to environmentally sustainable economy
8. Nanotechnology offers hope for treating spinal cord injuries, diabetes and Parkinsons disease
9. Green Nanotechnology: Its Easier Than You Think
10. Nanotechnologys past, present and future: A Congressional perspective
11. Nanotechnology oversight requires thinking outside the box

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/31/2016)... R.I. , March 31, 2016  Genomics firm ... of founding CEO, Barrett Bready , M.D., who ... members of the original technical leadership team, including Chief ... President of Product Development, Steve Nurnberg and Vice President ... returned to the company. Dr. Bready served ...
(Date:3/21/2016)... 22, 2016 Unique technology ... for superior security   Xura, ... of secure digital communications services, today announced it is ... offer enterprise customers, particularly those in the Financial Services ... voice authentication within a mobile app, alongside, and in ...
(Date:3/14/2016)... , March 14, 2016 NXTD ) ... mobile commerce market, announces the airing of a new series ... the week of March 21 st .  The commercials will ... its popular Squawk on the Street show. --> ... the growing mobile commerce market, announces the airing of a ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... Oxitec CEO Hadyn Parry will testify ... before the United States House Committee on Science, Space and ... controlling the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, ... (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150630/227348 ) Oxitec has pioneered ... in Brazil , Panama ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... ... 20, 2016 , ... The leading Regenerative Veterinary Medicine Company, VetStem Biopharma ... treated over 100 of their own patients with the VetStem Cell Therapy. Each of ... care for their patients. , The veterinarians are Dr Ross Rich former owner ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... 19, 2016  AdvancedFlow Systems Inc. (AFS), a ... out of Maple Ridge, British Columbia ... its existing portfolio of contract manufacturing clients by ... with its sister companies Surround Technologies (STI) and ... industrial group that specializes in providing contract manufacturing ...
(Date:5/18/2016)... ... May 18, 2016 , ... Tech Coast Angels (TCA) today announced ... Therapeutics at the annual ACA Summit last week in Philadelphia. , The ... ACA’s member angel groups. It is the highest honor available for an early-stage company ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: