Molecularly Imprinted Sol-Gel Materials for Medical Applications

Author(s): Riccardo Concu, Mariana Ornelas, Manuel Azenha.

Journal Name: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 15 , Issue 3 , 2015

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The present review deals with the sol-gel imprinting of both drug and non-drug templates of medical relevance, namely neurotransmitters, biomarkers, hormones, proteins and cells. Nearly a hundred recent works, either developmental or applied in a medical-related context, were critically analyzed. It may be concluded that, although research is still at an early stage, the potential of these sol-gel materials was well demonstrated in a few applications of critical interest for medicinal/biomedical science. The vast room left for expansion and improvement envisages a continuously growing interest by researchers in the future, eventually resulting in important medical applications able to enter the professional and consumer medical markets.

Keywords: Biomarker, Cell, Drug, Hormone, Medical science, Molecular Imprinting, Neurotransmitter, Protein, Sol-gel.

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VOLUME: 15
ISSUE: 3
Year: 2015
Page: [199 - 222]
Pages: 24
DOI: 10.2174/1568026614666141229112246
Price: $58

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