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Zinc-imidazolate polymers (ZIPs) as a potential carrier to brain capillary endothelial cells

Chiacchia, M.; Cerutti, C.; Gromnicova, R.; Rietdorf, K.; Romero, I.A. and Bradshaw, D. (2015). Zinc-imidazolate polymers (ZIPs) as a potential carrier to brain capillary endothelial cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 3(46) pp. 9053–9059.

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Herein, we report the synthesis and characterization of nanospheres of a biodegradable zinc-imidazolate polymers (ZIPs) as a proof-of-concept delivery vehicle into human brain endothelial cells, the main component of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). The ZIP particles can readily encapsulate functional molecules such as fluorophores and inorganic nanoparticles at the point of synthesis producing stable colloidal dispersions. Our results show that these biodegradable particles are not cytotoxic, and are able to penetrate and release cargo species to human brain capillary endothelial cells in vitro thus exhibiting significant potential as a novel platform for brain targeting treatments.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN: 2050-750X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetERC-2010-StG-258613-BIOMOFEuropean Research Council
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Life, Health and Chemical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 45725
Depositing User: Radka Gromnicova
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2016 16:02
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2020 20:28
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