Virus-based nanocarriers for drug delivery

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New nanocarrier platforms based on natural biological building blocks offer great promises in revolutionalizing medicine. The usage of specific protein cage structures: virus-like particles (VLPs) for drug packaging and targetted delivery is summarized here. Versatile chemical and genetic modifications on the outer surfaces and inner cavities of VLPs facilitate the preparation of new materials that could meet the biocompatibility, solubility and high uptake efficiency requirements for drug delivery. A full evaluation on the toxicity, bio-distribution and immunology of these materials are envisaged to boost their application potentials.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)811-825
Number of pages14
JournalAdvanced drug delivery reviews
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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  • METIS-293508

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