Silk Fibroin-Based Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery
AbstractSilk fibroin (SF) is a protein-based biomacromolecule with excellent biocompatibility, biodegradability and low immunogenicity. The development of SF-based nanoparticles for drug delivery have received considerable attention due to high binding capacity for various drugs, controlled drug release properties and mild preparation conditions. By adjusting the particle size, the chemical structure and properties, the modified or recombinant SF-based nanoparticles can be designed to improve the therapeutic efficiency of drugs encapsulated into these nanoparticles. Therefore, they can be used to deliver small molecule drugs (e.g., anti-cancer drugs), protein and growth factor drugs, gene drugs, etc. This paper reviews recent progress on SF-based nanoparticles, including chemical structure, properties, and preparation methods. In addition, the applications of SF-based nanoparticles as carriers for therapeutic drugs are also reviewed. View Full-Text
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Zhao, Z.; Li, Y.; Xie, M.-B. Silk Fibroin-Based Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 4880-4903.
Zhao Z, Li Y, Xie M-B. Silk Fibroin-Based Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2015; 16(3):4880-4903.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhao, Zheng; Li, Yi; Xie, Mao-Bin. 2015. "Silk Fibroin-Based Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 16, no. 3: 4880-4903.