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Current Pharmaceutical Design


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

Review Article

Antimicrobial, Anticancer Drug Carrying Properties of Biopolymers-based Nanocomposites- A Mini Review

Author(s): Kandasamy Saravanakumar, Davoodbasha M. Ali, Kandasamy Kathiresan and Myeong-Hyeon Wang*

Volume 24 , Issue 32 , 2018

Page: [3859 - 3866] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/1381612825666181120161300

Price: $65


Biopolymers are ubiquitous in biomedical and healthcare application. Its nanocomposites have gained more attention as antimicrobials, a drug carrier, sensors, disease diagnosis, tissue engineering, wound healing, and cancer therapy. These biopolymer composites are efficient in holding, protecting and releasing bioactive drugs such as pharmaceutics, nutraceuticals, enzymes, and probiotics. Several studies revealed a polymer-based drug delivery system in cancer therapy and microbial treatments. However, this mini-review emphasized the source, extraction, and characterizations of the biopolymers and their use in the fabrication of various drug or metals based nanocomposites followed by its utilization as drug carrier or drug to treat the various diseases such as antimicrobial infections and cancer.

Keywords: Polymers, drug delivery system, antimicrobials, anticancer agents, drug carrier, biopolymers.

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