Recent Progress and Challenges in Nanotechnology for Biomedical Applications: An Insight into the Analysis of Neurotransmitters

Author(s): Dhesingh Ravi Shankaran, Norio Miura.

Journal Name: Recent Patents on Nanotechnology

Volume 1 , Issue 3 , 2007

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Abstract:

Nanotechnology offers exciting opportunities and unprecedented compatibilities in manipulating chemical and biological materials at the atomic or molecular scale for the development of novel functional materials with enhanced capabilities. It plays a central role in the recent technological advances in biomedical technology, especially in the areas of disease diagnosis, drug design and drug delivery. In this review, we present the recent trend and challenges in the development of nanomaterials for biomedical applications with a special emphasis on the analysis of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers which transform information and signals all over the body. They play prime role in functioning of the central nervous system (CNS) and governs most of the metabolic functions including movement, pleasure, pain, mood, emotion, thinking, digestion, sleep, addiction, fear, anxiety and depression. Thus, development of high-performance and user-friendly analytical methods for ultra-sensitive detection of neurotransmitters remain a major challenge in modern biomedical analysis. Nanostructured materials are emerging as a powerful mean for diagnosis of CNS disorders because of their unique optical, size and surface characteristics. This review provides a brief outline on the basic concepts and recent advancements of nanotechnology for biomedical applications, especially in the analysis of neurotransmitters. A brief introduction to the nanomaterials, bionanotechnology and neurotransmitters is also included along with discussions on most of the patents published in these areas.

Keywords: Nanotechnology, neurotransmitters, nanobiosensors, nanobiotechnology, nano diagnosis, nanodrug design, nanodrug delivery

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VOLUME: 1
ISSUE: 3
Year: 2007
Page: [210 - 223]
Pages: 14
DOI: 10.2174/187221007782360484
Price: $58

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