With a new “bioadhesive” coating, intestines better absorb nanoparticles into the bloodstream—a necessary step toward one day swallowing drugs like insulin.
“What this means now is that if I coat bioerodible nanoparticles correctly, I can enhance their uptake,” says study leader Edith Mathiowitz, professor of medical science at Brown University. “Bioerodible nanoparticles are what we would ultimately like to use to deliver proteins. The question we address in this paper is how much can we deliver. The numbers we saw make the goal more feasible.”
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