Research Teams Come Together to Study Effectiveness of Communicating Nanoparticles for Cancer Drug Delivery
UCSD, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, and MIT developed the new drug delivery system that uses communicating nanoparticles to deliver cancer drugs more efficiently and at higher doses
The new technique for drug delivery could improve the effectiveness of drugs for cancer and other diseases. In a recent study using mice, one group of nanoparticles released 40x the amount of an anticancer agent than with non-communicating nanoparticles. The system, developed by Sangeeta Bhatia from the MIT-Harvard Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence and her colleagues, requires two types of nanoparticles: one for giving a signal to the body that tumors have been found, and another set that carries a drug payload to the tumor site.
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