Application of Dendrimers for the Treatment of Infectious Diseases
AbstractDendrimers are drug delivery systems that are characterized by a three-dimensional, star-shaped, branched macromolecular network. They possess ideal properties such as low polydispersity index, biocompatibility and good water solubility. They are made up of the interior and the exterior layers. The exterior layer consists of functional groups that are useful for conjugation of drugs and targeting moieties. The interior layer exhibits improved drug encapsulation efficiency, reduced drug toxicity, and controlled release mechanisms. These unique properties make them useful for drug delivery. Dendrimers have attracted considerable attention as drug delivery system for the treatment of infectious diseases. The treatment of infectious diseases is hampered severely by drug resistance. Several properties of dendrimers such as their ability to overcome drug resistance, toxicity and control the release mechanism of the encapsulated drugs make them ideal systems for the treatment of infectious disease. The aim of this review is to discuss the potentials of dendrimers for the treatment of viral and parasitic infections. View Full-Text
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Mhlwatika, Z.; Aderibigbe, B.A. Application of Dendrimers for the Treatment of Infectious Diseases. Molecules 2018, 23, 2205.
Mhlwatika Z, Aderibigbe BA. Application of Dendrimers for the Treatment of Infectious Diseases. Molecules. 2018; 23(9):2205.Chicago/Turabian Style
Mhlwatika, Zandile; Aderibigbe, Blessing A. 2018. "Application of Dendrimers for the Treatment of Infectious Diseases." Molecules 23, no. 9: 2205.
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