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Current Pharmaceutical Design


ISSN (Print): 1381-6128
ISSN (Online): 1873-4286

Review Article

Innovative Solutions for the Control of Leishmaniases: Nanoscale Drug Delivery Systems

Author(s): Victoria Wagner, Aida Minguez-Menendez, Joan Pena and Christopher Fernández-Prada*

Volume 25 , Issue 14 , 2019

Page: [1582 - 1592] Pages: 11

DOI: 10.2174/1381612825666190621154552

Price: $65


Background: Leishmania are sandfly-transmitted protozoan parasites that harbour within the macrophages of a mammalian host and cause leishmaniasis, a serious zoonotic disease that threatens the lives of millions worldwide. Its numerous forms (cutaneous, mucocutaneous, and visceral) are currently treated with a sparse arsenal of drugs, specifically antimonials, amphotericin B, miltefosine, and paromomycin, for which drug resistance and clinical failure are rampant. Medicine is presently trending towards nanotechnology to aid in the successful delivery of drugs. Vehicles such as lipid-based nanocarriers, polymer-based nanoparticles, and metal ions and oxides have been previously demonstrated to improve bioavailability of drugs and decrease toxicity for the patient. These cutting-edge solutions can be combined with existing active molecules, as well as novel drugs or plant extracts with promising antileishmanial activity.

Conclusion: This review explores the current evidence for the treatment of leishmaniases using nanoscale drug delivery systems (specifically lipid-, polymer- and metal-based systems) and encourages further development of the aforementioned nanotechnologies for treatment of Leishmania.

Keywords: Nanotechnology, Leishmania, drug delivery systems, liposomes, polymers, amphotericin B, antimony, miltefosine.

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