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Biological and Pharmaceutical Nanomaterials

ISBN: 978-3-527-31382-2
427 pages
February 2006
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This first comprehensive yet concise overview of all important classes of biological and pharmaceutical nanomaterials presents in one volume the different kinds of natural biological compounds that form nanomaterials or that may be used to purposefully create them. This unique single source of information brings together the many articles published in specialized journals, which often remain unseen by members of other, related disciplines. Covering pharmaceutical, nucleic acid, peptide and DNA-Chitosan nanoparticles, the book focuses on those innovative materials and technologies needed for the continued growth of medicine, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and human wellness.
For chemists, biochemists, cell biologists, materials scientists, biologists, and those working in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
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Table of Contents

I. DNA-based Nanomaterials
Self-assembled DNA Nanotubes
Nucleic Acid Nanoparticles
DNA-Chitosan Nanoparticles for Gene Therapy: Current Knowledge and Future Trends

II. Protein & Peptide-based Nanomaterials
Plant Protein-based Nanoparticles
Peptide Nanoparticles
Albumin Nanoparticles
Nanoscale Patterning of S-Layer Proteins as a Natural Self-assembly System

III. Pharmaceutically Important Nanomaterials
Preparation Methods of Drug Nanoparticles
Production of Biofunctionalized Solid Lipid Nanoparticles for Site-specific Drug Delivery
Biocompatible Nanoparticulate Systems for Tumor Diagnosis and Therapy
Nanoparticles for Crossing Biological Membranes
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Author Information

Challa Kumar is currently the Group Leader of Nanofabrication at the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD), Baton Rouge, USA. His research interests are in developing novel synthetic methods for functional nanomaterials and innovative therapeutic, diagnostic and sensory tools based on nanotechnology. Prior to eight years of industrial R&D with ICI and United Breweries, he researched at the Max Planck Institutes for Biochemistry in Munich and for Carbon Research in Mülheim, both Germany. He obtained his Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prashanti Nilayam, India.
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