New Virus inspired technique to deliver drugs to brainDate: 13 October 2019 Tags: Biotechnology
Researchers have engineered small particles, similar to the size of viruses, to cross the protective border and reach the brain.
The research is path-breaking because a protective layer protects circulating blood from brain. The new particle could be used to deliver drugs to the brain more effectively in the future.
The new method allowed for combination drug delivery through intravenous injection to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB).
To make it possible, the scientists modified components from a virus that targets the brain called bacteriophage fd to deliver drugs across the BBB.
Crossing the blood-brain-barrier has hindered the industry from effectively addressing central nervous system diseases, including brain tumours, and many neurological diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's.
But now since a new way has been discovered, there are more chances of having drugs that can treat these brain affecting neurodegenerative diseases.