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Dendrimer-Based Drug Delivery Systems: From Theory to Practice

Yiyun Cheng (Editor), Donald A. Tomalia (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-0-470-46005-4
542 pages
July 2012
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The opportunities and challenges of using dendrimers to improve drug delivery

Among pharmaceutical and biomedical researchers, the use of dendrimers in drug delivery systems has attracted increasing interest. In particular, researchers have noted that the volume of a dendrimer increases when it has a positive charge. If this property can be applied effectively, dendrimers have enormous potential in drug delivery systems, directly supplying medication to targeted human organs.

With contributions from an international team of pioneers and experts in dendrimer research, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the latest research efforts in designing and optimizing dendrimer-based drug delivery systems. The book analyzes key issues, demonstrating the critical connections that link fundamental concepts, design, synthesis, analytical methodology, and biological assessment to the practical use of dendrimers in drug delivery applications. Topics covered include:

  • Dendrimer history
  • Synthesis
  • Physicochemical properties
  • Principles of drug delivery
  • Applications in diverse biomedical fields

Dendrimer-Based Drug Delivery Systems reflects the authors' thorough review and analysis of the current literature as well as their own firsthand experience in the lab. Readers will not only discover the current state of the science, but also gain valuable insights into fruitful directions for future research. References at the end of each chapter serve as a gateway to the growing body of literature in the field, enabling readers to explore each individual topic in greater depth.

Pharmaceutical and biomedical researchers will find this book a unique and essential guide to the opportunities, issues, and challenges involved in fully exploiting the potential of dendrimers to improve drug delivery.

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Foreword vii
Donald A. Tomalia

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Contributors xiii

About the Editor xvii

1 Dendrimer Chemistry: Supramolecular Perspectives and Applications 1
Charles N. Moorefield, Sujith Perera, and George R. Newkome

2 Physicochemical Properties of Dendrimers and Dendrimer Complexes 55
Toyoko Imae

3 The Use of Dendrimers to Optimize the Physicochemical and Therapeutic Properties of Drugs 93
Nicole Stieger, Wilna Liebenberg, Marique E. Aucamp, and Melgardt M. de Villiers

4 Biological Properties of Phosphorus Dendrimers 139
Anne-Marie Caminade and Jean-Pierre Majoral

5 Dendrimer-Based Prodrugs: Synthesis and Biological Evaluation 157
Mohammad Najlah, Zhengyuan Zhou, and Antony D’Emanuele

6 Improving the Biocompatibility of Dendrimers in Drug Delivery 207
Yiwen Li, Libo Zhao, and Yiyun Cheng

7 Degradable Dendrimers for Drug Delivery 239
Marc Gingras and Myriam Roy

8 Design of Stimuli-Responsive Dendrimers for Biomedical Purposes 307
Chie Kojima

9 Dendrimer-Based Gene Delivery Systems: Administration Routes and In Vivo Evaluation 329
Santander-Ortega M.J., Uchegbu I.F., and Scha¨tzlein A.G.

10 Triazine Dendrimers for DNA and siRNA Delivery: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities 355
Meredith A. Mintzer, Olivia M. Merkel, Thomas Kissel, and Eric E. Simanek

11 Dendrimer-Coated Carbohydrate Residues as Drug Delivery Trojan Horses in Glycoscience 407
Yoann M. Chabre and Rene´ Roy

12 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Techniques in the Analysis of Pamam Dendrimer-Based Drug Delivery Systems 439
Xueyan Feng, Kun Yang, Jingjing Hu, Tongwen Xu, and Yiyun Cheng

13 Dendrimer-Based Medical Nanodevices for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Applications 463
Hongdong Cai, Mingwu Shen, and Xiangyang Shi

14 Dendrimer-Related Nanoparticle System for Computed Tomography Imaging 479
Chen Peng and Xiangyang Shi

Index 501

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YIYUN CHENG, PhD, is a Full Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the School of Life Science of East China Normal University. His research interests focus on the biomedical applications of dendrimers and other dendritic polymers. Dr. Cheng has published more than forty peer-reviewed manuscripts in such journals as Nature Materials, Chemical Society Reviews, and Journal of the American Chemical Society.

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“This book should be particularly valuable for everyone working in the dendrimer area, but also for researchers in drug delivery and pharmaceutical sciences more generally. To my mind, it is clearly a book to have on your shelf!.”  (ChemMedChem, 1 March 2013)

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