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January 6th, 2011

Nanocarriers Come Through

Abstract:
A new nanodelivery system is able to sneak cancer treatments past the defenses of drug-resistant tumor cells—offering hope to many cancer patients who benefit little from existing drug treatments.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo designed small soapy clusters of molecules, called micelles, to carry drugs into tumor cells and release their cargo inside. The molecules harness the cell's internal transport system to get close to their target—the cell's DNA.

Releasing the drug close to a cancer cell's nucleus appears to protect it from the cell's self-defense mechanism.

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