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Nat Rev Immunol. 2013 Aug;13(8):592-605. doi: 10.1038/nri3488.

Applications of nanotechnology for immunology.

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Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5648, USA. smitdoug@med.umich.edu

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  • Nat Rev Immunol. 2013 Sep;13(9):701.

Abstract

Nanotechnology uses the unique properties of objects that function as a unit within the overall size range of 1-1,000 nanometres. The engineering of nanostructure materials, including nanoparticles, nanoemulsions or nanotubules, holds great promise for the development of new immunomodulatory agents, as such nanostructures can be used to more effectively manipulate or deliver immunologically active components to target sites. Successful applications of nanotechnology in the field of immunology will enable new generations of vaccines, adjuvants and immunomodulatory drugs that aim to improve clinical outcomes in response to a range of infectious and non-infectious diseases.

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10.1038/nri3488
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