Magnetic Carriers: A Promising Device for Targeting Drugs Into the Human Body
A. K. A. Silva, E. L. Silva, A. S. Carrico and E. S. T. Egito
Affiliation: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Rua Praia de Areia Branca, 8948, 59094-450 - Natal/RN, Brazil.
Keywords: Magnetic particles, magnetic drug targeting, biotechnology
Suboptimal disposition behavior of drugs requires innovative delivery approaches. Magnetic drug targeting seems to be a promising one. Magnetic particles develop magnetic polarization and magnetophoretic mobility, and because of such unique properties, these carriers may be eligible candidates for delivering drugs to specific locations within the body. Their special properties also allow other uses, such as those in magnetic separation, hyperthermia, and magnetic resonance imaging. This review focuses on a brief discussion of magnetic drug targeting, the properties and fate of magnetic carriers, the methods used to produce and characterize them, and their other uses in biotechnology.
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