Particle Targeting in Complex Biological Media
AuthorDai, Q; Bertleff-Zieschang, N; Braunger, JA; Bjornmalm, M; Cortez-Jugo, C; Caruso, F
Source TitleADVANCED HEALTHCARE MATERIALS
University of Melbourne Author/sCaruso, Francesco; BRAUNGER, JULIA; Cortez-Jugo, Christina; Bjornmalm, Axel Mattias Hekansson; DAI, QIONG; BERTLEFF-ZIESCHANG, NADJA
AffiliationMedicine (Austin & Northern Health)
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsDai, Q; Bertleff-Zieschang, N; Braunger, JA; Bjornmalm, M; Cortez-Jugo, C; Caruso, F, Particle Targeting in Complex Biological Media, ADVANCED HEALTHCARE MATERIALS, 2018, 7 (1)
Access StatusOpen Access
Over the past few decades, nanoengineered particles have gained increasing interest for applications in the biomedical realm, including diagnosis, imaging, and therapy. When functionalized with targeting ligands, these particles have the potential to interact with specific cells and tissues, and accumulate at desired target sites, reducing side effects and improve overall efficacy in applications such as vaccination and drug delivery. However, when targeted particles enter a complex biological environment, the adsorption of biomolecules and the formation of a surface coating (e.g., a protein corona) changes the properties of the carriers and can render their behavior unpredictable. For this reason, it is of importance to consider the potential challenges imposed by the biological environment at the early stages of particle design. This review describes parameters that affect the targeting ability of particulate drug carriers, with an emphasis on the effect of the protein corona. We highlight strategies for exploiting the protein corona to improve the targeting ability of particles. Finally, we provide suggestions for complementing current in vitro assays used for the evaluation of targeting and carrier efficacy with new and emerging techniques (e.g., 3D models and flow-based technologies) to advance fundamental understanding in bio-nano science and to accelerate the development of targeted particles for biomedical applications.
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