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Current Pharmaceutical Design


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

Review Article

Plant Extracts Loaded in Nanostructured Drug Delivery Systems for Treating Parasitic and Antimicrobial Diseases

Author(s): Brenna L.C. Gondim, João A. Oshiro-Júnior, Felipe H.A. Fernanandes, Fernanda P. Nóbrega, Lúcio R.C. Castellano and Ana C.D. Medeiros*

Volume 25 , Issue 14 , 2019

Page: [1604 - 1615] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/1381612825666190628153755

Price: $65


Background: Plant extracts loaded in nanostructured drug delivery systems (NDDSs) have been reported as an alternative to current therapies for treating parasitic and antimicrobial diseases. Among their advantages, plant extracts in NDSSs increase the stability of the drugs against environmental factors by promoting protection against oxygen, humidity, and light, among other factors; improve the solubility of hydrophobic compounds; enhance the low absorption of the active components of the extracts (i.e., biopharmaceutical classification II), which results in greater bioavailability; and control the release rate of the substances, which is fundamental to improving the therapeutic effectiveness. In this review, we present the most recent data on NDDSs using plant extracts and report results obtained from studies related to in vitro and in vivo biological activities.

Keywords: Parasitic and antimicrobial resistance, plant extracts, nanostructured drug delivery systems, environmental factors, in vitro, in vivo.

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