Scientists at Rutgers have developed a smart drug delivery system that targets inflammation in damaged nerves and helps treat spinal cord injuries and other neurological diseases. The method utilizes thin biomaterials for the extra care on the nerve fibers that protect the neuronal cells in injured nervous tissues.
"A major goal is to suppress neuroinflammation and restore a healthy micro-environment at sites of neurological disorders," said senior author KiBum Lee, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. "Our system took four years to develop and has shown enormous potential for smart drug delivery for better treatment of neurological disorders."
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Findings were published in the journal Advanced Materials and discuss how the novel drug delivery system utilizes ultrathin nanomaterials, sugar polymers, and neural proteins that end up releasing anti-inflammatory molecule (methylprednisolone).
Source: Science Daily