Natural Polymers for Drug Delivery

December 2016
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  • Published
    19th December 2016
  • ISBN 9781780644479
  • Language English
  • Pages 216 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"

Natural polymers have been utilized extensively in food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, textiles, oil drilling and paint industries. Their non-toxic and inexpensive attributes readily enhance their commercial acceptability and make them potent agents in lieu of synthetic polymers.

This book explores the opportunistic utility of natural polymers in developing effective drug delivery systems and provides a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of their source, chemical structure and mechanism of action. Covering novel polymers for drug delivery--in particular extracts from plants, microorganisms and proteins, as well as water soluble and water insoluble biodegradable polymers--it presents an encyclopedic overview of natural polymers:

* quintessential roles in binding drugs towards enhancing bio-availability
* modification and derivatization for targeted delivery
* role as active drugs

Natural Polymers for Drug Delivery is an invaluable resource for researchers, students and industrial scientists in the fields of biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacology and food science.

1. Natural Polymers for Drug Delivery: An Introduction

Section I: Drug Delivery Based on Different Classes of Polymers
2. Cellulose-based Polymeric Systems in Drug Delivery
3. Hydrocolloids-based Hydrogels in Drug Delivery
4. Water Soluble Biodegradable Polymers for Drug Delivery
5. Polysaccharide-based Drug Carriers
6. Polymer-based Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery Systems and Cancer Therapeutics
7. Polymer Nanocomposite-based Biosensors for Drug Delivery Applications

Section II: Polymeric Interaction and Conjugates
8. Polymer-Drug Conjugates: Targeted Drug Delivery
9. Protein-Drug Conjugates: A New Class of Biotherapeutics
10. Microencapsulation for Controlled Gastrointestinal Delivery of Probiotics and Prebiotics

Section III: Disease-specific Drug Delivery Systems
11. Chitosan in Drug Delivery and Targeting for Cancer Treatment
12. Polymers as Biodegradable Matrices in Transdermal Drug Delivery
13. Ocular Drug Delivery Systems
14. Natural Polymers Targeting Habitual Disease
15. Bioengineered Wound and Burn Healing Substitutes: Novel Design for Biomedical and General Application

Harsha Kharkwal

Harsha Kharkwal is at Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Srinivas Janaswamy

Srinivas Janaswamy is at Purdue University.