3 years ago

Obstacles to translating the promise of nanoparticles into viable amyloid disease therapeutics.

Nicholas Peter van der Munnik, Melissa Ann Moss, Mark Jacob Uline
Nanoparticles (NPs) constitute a powerful therapeutic platform with exciting prospects as potential inhibitors of amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation, a process associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Researchers have synthesized and tested a large collection of NPs with disparate sizes, shapes, electrostatic properties and surface ligands that evoke a variety of responses on Aβ aggregation. In spite of a decade of research on the NP-Aβ system and many promising experimental results, NPs have failed to progress to any level of clinical trials for AD. A theoretical framework with which to approach this physical system is presented featuring two simple metrics, 1) the extent to which NPs adsorb Aβ, and 2) the degree to which interaction with a NP alters Aβ conformation relative to aggregation propensity. Most of our current understanding of these two interactions has been gained through experimentation, and many of these studies are reviewed herein. We also provide a potential roadmap for studies that we believe could produce viable NPs as an effective AD therapeutic platform.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1088/1478-3975/aafc66

DOI: 10.1088/1478-3975/aafc66

You might also like
Discover & Discuss Important Research

Keeping up-to-date with research can feel impossible, with papers being published faster than you'll ever be able to read them. That's where Researcher comes in: we're simplifying discovery and making important discussions happen. With over 19,000 sources, including peer-reviewed journals, preprints, blogs, universities, podcasts and Live events across 10 research areas, you'll never miss what's important to you. It's like social media, but better. Oh, and we should mention - it's free.

  • Download from Google Play
  • Download from App Store
  • Download from AppInChina

Researcher displays publicly available abstracts and doesn’t host any full article content. If the content is open access, we will direct clicks from the abstracts to the publisher website and display the PDF copy on our platform. Clicks to view the full text will be directed to the publisher website, where only users with subscriptions or access through their institution are able to view the full article.