Bioimpacts. 2018;8(1): 59-75.
doi: 10.15171/bi.2018.08
PMID: 29713603
PMCID: PMC5915710
Scopus ID: 85044298919
WOSID: WOS:000429104100008
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Combating atherosclerosis with targeted nanomedicines: recent advances and future prospective

Ailar Nakhlband, Morteza Eskandani, Yadollah Omidi ORCID logo, Nazli Saeedi, Samad Ghafari, Jaleh Barar* ORCID logo, Alireza Garjani*


Introduction: Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) is recognized as the leading cause of mortality worldwide. The increasing prevalence of such disease demands novel therapeutic and diagnostic approaches to overcome associated clinical/social issues. Recent advances in nanotechnology and biological sciences have provided intriguing insights to employ targeted Nanomachines to the desired location as imaging, diagnosis, and therapeutic modalities. Nanomedicines as novel tools for enhanced drug delivery, imaging, and diagnosis strategies have shown great promise to combat cardiovascular diseases.

Methods: In the current study, we intend to review the most recent studies on the nano-based strategies for improved management of CVDs.

Results:  A cascade of events results in the formation of atheromatous plaque and arterial stenosis. Furthermore, recent studies have shown that nanomedicines have displayed unique functionalities and provided de novo applications in the diagnosis and treatment of atherosclerosis.

Conclusion: Despite some limitations, nanomedicines hold considerable potential in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various ailments including atherosclerosis. Fewer side effects, amenable physicochemical properties and multi-potential application of such nano-systems are recognized through various investigations. Therefore, it is strongly believed that with targeted drug delivery to atherosclerotic lesions and plaque, management of onset and progression of disease would be more efficient than classical treatment modalities.

Keywords: Cardiovascular diseases, Nanomedicines, Drug delivery, Targeting, Atherosclerosis
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Submitted: 05 Feb 2018
Accepted: 21 Feb 2018
ePublished: 25 Feb 2018
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