Temperature-sensitive polymers for drug delivery Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The ability to undergo rapid changes in response to subtle environmental cues make stimuli- responsive materials attractive candidates for minimally invasive, targeted and personalized drug delivery applications. This special report aims to highlight and provide a brief description of several of the significant natural and synthetic temperature-responsive materials that have clinical relevance for drug delivery applications. This report examines the advantages and disadvantages of natural versus synthetic materials and outlines various scaffold architectures that can be utilized with temperature-sensitive drug delivery materials. The authors provide a commentary on the current state of the field and provide their insight into future expectations for temperature-sensitive drug delivery, emphasizing the importance of the emergence of dual and multiresponsive systems capable of responding precisely to an expanding set of stimuli, thereby allowing the development of disease-specific drug delivery vehicles.

authors

  • Fitzpatrick, Scott D
  • Fitzpatrick, Lindsay E
  • Thakur, Ajit
  • Mazumder, Mohammad A Jafar
  • Sheardown, Heather

publication date

  • July 2012