Nanotubes drug carrier

Created by: Weiqun Tian

Nanotubes drug carrier with length about 50 to 850 nm is designed for drug delivery system. It can achieve some aims such as increasing drug solubility, improving drug bioavailability, and targeting therapies. Through nanotubes drug carrier, controlling the release of drug is able to achieved, which benefits to keep effective drug concentration, extend efficacy, and reduce dosing frequency. Halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) are natural occurring mineral clay nanotubes with excellent potential in different fields, especially further modified. For example, the chlorhexidine gluconate was loaded into HNTs, and In vitro drug release assay showed the drug could be released in a sustainable manner and can last about 10 days. HNTs-composited thermo or pH-responsive hydrogel system has been successfully developed for controlled drug release. The former reaction mechanism is the copolymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide with silane-modified HNTs through thermally initiated free-radical polymerization. The latter is the cross-linking degree change of alginate with silane-modified HNTs by gastrointestinal tract environment pH induced ions exchange reaction.

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Weiqun, Tian. Nanotubes drug carrier, Encyclopedia, 2018, v2, Available online: https://encyclopedia.pub/15