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Current Nanoscience


ISSN (Print): 1573-4137
ISSN (Online): 1875-6786

Nanotechnology Allied to Nitric Oxide Release Materials for Dermatological Applications

Author(s): Amedea B. Seabra and Nelson Duran

Volume 8 , Issue 4 , 2012

Page: [520 - 525] Pages: 6

DOI: 10.2174/157341312801784159

Price: $65


It is known that nitric oxide (NO) exerts numerous physiological activities in mammals and it is considered a key mediator in many skin disorders. NO is synthesized in human skin cells where it regulates diverse physiological mechanisms such as dermal blood flow, wound healing, skin pigmentation, and aging. The great challenge of NO-based therapies is to preserve the biological activity of this ephemeral free radical. To this end, new biomaterials have been emerging as platforms for NO release for diverse biomedical applications. This review will discuss the new strategies for releasing/generating controlled amounts of NO for several dermatological applications through the use of nanotechnology.

Keywords: Nitric oxide, nanoparticles, skin, wound healing, antibacterial, topical applications

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