Journal article

Nanoparticles in pregnancy: the next frontier in reproductive therapeutics

Natasha Pritchard, Tu'uhevaha Kaitu'u-Lino, Lynda Harris, Stephen Tong, Natalie Hannan

HUMAN REPRODUCTION UPDATE | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Nanotechnology involves the engineering of structures on a molecular level. Nanomedicine and nano-delivery systems have been designed to deliver therapeutic agents to a target site or organ in a controlled manner, maximizing efficacy while minimizing off-target effects of the therapeutic agent administered. In both reproductive medicine and obstetrics, developing innovative therapeutics is often tempered by fears of damage to the gamete, embryo or developing foetus or of negatively impacting a woman's reproductive potential. Thus, nanomedicine delivery systems may provide alternative targeted intervention strategies, treating the source of the disease and minimizing long-term con..

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