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Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine, and the Kidney

Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
Medical and Research Services, Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System at Sepulveda, North Hills, CA 91343, USA
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Academic Editor: Pablo Guardia
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(16), 7187;
Received: 30 June 2021 / Revised: 22 July 2021 / Accepted: 28 July 2021 / Published: 4 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanomaterials in Medical Engineering)
The kidneys are vital organs performing several essential functions. Their primary function is the filtration of blood and the removal of metabolic waste products as well as fluid homeostasis. Renal filtration is the main pathway for drug removal, highlighting the importance of this organ to the growing field of nanomedicine. The kidneys (i) have a key role in the transport and clearance of nanoparticles (NPs), (ii) are exposed to potential NPs’ toxicity, and (iii) are the targets of diseases that nanomedicine can study, detect, and treat. In this review, we aim to summarize the latest research on kidney-nanoparticle interaction. We first give a brief overview of the kidney’s anatomy and renal filtration, describe how nanoparticle characteristics influence their renal clearance, and the approaches taken to image and treat the kidney, including drug delivery and tissue engineering. Finally, we discuss the future and some of the challenges faced by nanomedicine. View Full-Text
Keywords: nanomedicine; nanotechnology; nanoparticle; kidney; renal imaging; tissue engineering; drug delivery nanomedicine; nanotechnology; nanoparticle; kidney; renal imaging; tissue engineering; drug delivery
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