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Nanostructures for Drug Delivery by Alexandru Mihai Grumezescu, Ecaterina Andronescu

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Chapter 11

Polymeric micro- and nanoparticles for controlled and targeted drug delivery

Magdalena Stevanović    Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

Abstract

Nanotechnology has great potential in the field of medicine and pharmacy because nano objects have comparable dimensions to biological entities. Polymer-based particles play an integral role as vehicles in the controlled delivery of different forms and types of active substances, such as anticancer drugs, antihypertensive and immunomodulatory agents, medical imaging contrast media, hormones, vitamins, and different macromolecules, such as nucleic acids (deoxyribonucleic acid, ribonucleic acid), proteins, antibodies, etc. The release ...

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