OCT 30, 2019 10:20 AM PDT

Advancing Nanocontainers for Drug Delivery

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Nanocontainers work by delivering drugs to a localized region in the body, many chemotherapeutics work in that matter. The high specificity of this drug delivery method often is advantageous in avoiding unusual and unwanted side-effects. However, there is always room for improvement--"My group wants to understand in as much detail as possible how the container molecules and the active substances arrange and what properties result from this," says chemistry professor Ann-Christin Pöppler from Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany.

As the loading with curcumin (yellow) increases, the dissolution rate of the containers made of polymeric micelles (blue) decreases. (Image: Ann-Christin Pöppler / Universität Würzburg)

The latest research regarding advancing drug delivery includes a chain of molecules known as polymeric micelles that assemble into spherical structures. "Little is known about the molecular origin of the properties of these structures," says Pöppler. They are already on the market as drug containers and have been used in cosmetics and cancer therapy. The micelles work when they touch fat-soluble products causing them to form a "water-loving" outer shell and a "fat-loving" core.

Learn more about micelles:

Findings were published in the scientific journal Angewandte Chemie which describe the polymeric micelles used in the study. The micelles were derived from substance classes poly(2-oxazoline)s and poly(2-oxazine)s. One of the active substances was taken from the Curcumin spice plant as it is easy to spectroscopically visualize.

Source: Science Daily

About the Author
  • Nouran is a scientist, educator, and life-long learner with a passion for making science more communicable. When not busy in the lab isolating blood macrophages, she enjoys writing on various STEM topics.
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