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Title: Nanoencapsulation II. Biomedical applications and current status of peptide and protein nanoparticulate delivery systems
Authors: Reis, Catarina Pinto 
Neufeld, Ronald J. 
Ribeiro, António J. 
Veiga, Francisco 
Keywords: Biomedical applications; Nanoparticles; Peptides; Proteins
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine. 2:2 (2006) 53-65
Abstract: The concept of polymeric nanoparticles for the design of new drug delivery systems emerged a few years ago, and recent rapid advances in nanotechnology have offered a wealth of new opportunities for diagnosis and therapy of various diseases. Recent progress has made possible the engineering of nanoparticles to allow the site-specific delivery of drugs and to improve the pharmacokinetic profile of numerous compounds with biomedical applications such as peptide and protein drugs. Biologically active peptides and their analogues are becoming an increasingly important class of drugs. Their use for human and animal treatment is problematic, however, because some of these drugs are generally ineffective when taken orally and thus have been administered chiefly by the parenteral route. This review covers some of the historical and recent advances of nanotechnology and concludes that polymeric nanoparticles show great promise as a tool for the development of peptide drug delivery systems.
Rights: openAccess
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