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. 2018 Sep 1;90:713-727.
doi: 10.1016/j.msec.2018.03.002. Epub 2018 Mar 10.

Biodegradable Dendrimers for Drug Delivery

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Biodegradable Dendrimers for Drug Delivery

Da Huang et al. Mater Sci Eng C Mater Biol Appl. .

Abstract

Dendrimers, as a type of artificial polymers with unique structural features, have been extensively explored for their applications in biomedical fields, especially in drug delivery. However, one important concern about the most commonly used dendrimers exists - the nondegradability, which may cause side effects induced by the accumulation of synthetic polymers in cells or tissues. Therefore, biodegradable dendrimers incorporating biodegradability with merits of dendrimers such as well-defined architectures, copious internal cavities and surface functionalities, are much more promising for developing novel nontoxic drug carriers. Herein, we review the recent advances in design and synthesis of biodegradable dendrimers, as well as their applications in fabricating drug delivery systems, with the aim to provide researchers in the related fields a good understanding of biodegradable dendrimers for drug delivery.

Keywords: Biodegradable; Dendrimers; Drug delivery.

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