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Mol Membr Biol. 2010 Oct;27(7):312-27. doi: 10.3109/09687688.2010.522117.

Dynamic and cellular interactions of nanoparticles in vascular-targeted drug delivery.

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Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA.


Vascular-targeted drug delivery systems could provide more efficient and effective pharmaceutical interventions for treating a variety of diseases including cardiovascular, pulmonary, inflammatory, and malignant disorders. However, several factors must be taken into account when designing these systems. The diverse blood hemodynamics and rheology, and the natural clearance process that tend to decrease the circulation time of foreign particles all lessen the probability of successful carrier interaction with the vascular wall. An effective vascular-targeted drug delivery system must be able to navigate through the bloodstream while avoiding immune clearance, attach to the vascular wall, and release its therapeutic cargo at the intended location. This review will summarize and analyze current literature reporting on (1) nanocarrier fabrication methods and materials that allow for optimum therapeutic encapsulation, protection, and release; (2) localization and binding dynamics of nanocarriers as influenced by hemodynamics and blood rheology in medium-to-large vessels; (3) blood cells' responses to various types of nanocarrier compositions and its effects on particle circulation time; and (4) properties that affect nanocarrier internalization at the target site.

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