Journal article

Magnetic Nanoparticle-Based Drug Delivery Approaches for Preventing and Treating Biofilms in Cystic Fibrosis

Marsha Tan, Felisa Reyes-Ortega, Elena K Schneider-Futschik

MAGNETOCHEMISTRY | MDPI | Published : 2020

Abstract

Biofilm-associated infections pose a huge burden on healthcare systems worldwide, with recurrent lung infections occurring due to the persistence of biofilm bacteria populations. In cystic fibrosis (CF), thick viscous mucus acts not only as a physical barrier, but also serves as a nidus for infection. Increased antibiotic resistance in the recent years indicates that current therapeutic strategies aimed at biofilm-associated infections are “failing”, emphasizing the need to develop new and improved drug delivery systems with higher efficacy and efficiency. Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have unique and favourable properties encompassing biocompatibility, biodegradability, magnetic and heat-me..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

E.K.S.-F. is supported by a research grant from The University of Melbourne and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as Biomedical Research Fellow (APP115728). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.