Duke University Experiments with Smart Chemo Coating for Nanoparticles

chemo-coatingScientists have been experimenting with nanoparticles that can be heated to destroy tumor cells for quite some time. However, researchers at Duke University are developing smart nano-shells which not only heat up to destroy cancerous cells, they are also coated with a hydrogel containing a chemo compound known as doxorubicin. The hydrogel is swollen and mixed with water at body temperature, but once the nano-shell is heated, the water and drug are released into target cells. The goal of this new development is for as many tumor cells as possible to be destroyed using heat, and for those that cannot be destroyed with heat will open their membranes due to the heat and allow the medicine to pass through.

(Source: medGadget)

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