Engineers and cell biologists have long used pulsed lasers to stimulate cells for gene transfection, drug injection or the regulation of gene expression. Now, Japanese scientists uncovered a new, potentially less-expensive method of delivering drugs and manipulating genes of individual cells by pairing nanosecond laser energy with carbon nanotubes.
Ophthalmology company Oraya Therapeutics will collaborate with researchers from Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to study applications of its novel radiation therapy against cancer when used in conjunction with gold nanoparticles.
Polymer nanomaterials are crucial for many types of drug delivery applications, offering the flexibility and durability needed to engineer specific shapes and sizes for particular delivery solutions. Now, at Carnegie Mellon, researchers have developed a new technique for creating self-assembling fibers for this purpose, taking a cue from the natural fibers in living cells.
A team of MIT researchers successfully tested a thin-film drug delivery system enabling steady, sustained release of medication for about 14 months, a scientific advancement with major commercial implications.
Like the tiny organelles used to propel some bacteria, artificial cilia developed by German engineers could someday help deliver drugs.
Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed a method for delivering the polypeptide antibiotic actinomycin D with modified, self-assembled DNA nanopyramid against bacteria such as E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus, the bug causes staph infections.
Gold nanoparticles are once again in the drug delivery spotlight as MIT scientists have discovered a mechanism by which the particles enter cells and could thus act as better drug carriers.
Patients with pancreatic cancer whose disease still persists after regular treatments may benefit from a new cancer drug nanoliposome formulation, according to a presentation at the European Society for Molecular Oncology's 16th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania said they have uncovered a delivery method to treat acute pulmonary inflammation, a condition that afflicts patients suffering from multiple blood transfusions, sepsis, lung surgery and acute lung trauma and has a mortality rate as high as 40%.
Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a new formulation of the chemotherapy drug cisplatin that targets mitochondrial DNA, and is delivered via a polymeric nanoparticle 1,000 times smaller than the width of human hair.