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Home > Press > Nanotools Designed for Surgical Recovery: Recent work published by Professor David Smith’s research group has reported new nano-systems which may eventually help patients recovering from surgery
Nanotools Designed for Surgical Recovery: Recent work published by Professor David Smith’s research group has reported new nano-systems which may eventually help patients recovering from surgeryHeslington, UK | Posted on April 26th, 2011
In their recent work, published in Angewandte Chemie, the Smith group have developed synthetic molecules which are capable of binding heparin. These molecules are designed to self-assemble into nanometre-sized structures with similar dimensions to protamine and containing multiple heparin binding units. It was shown that these nanosystems could bind to heparin just as effectively as protamine. ‘Clearly there is lots of fundamental work still to be done before clinical application,' says Smith, ‘but we hope that this approach may eventually yield biocompatible and degradable heparin binders, which will help surgical recovery without any of the side effects which can be caused by protamine'.
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