This thesis reports the development of a novel drug delivery system consisting of hollow nanoparticles, formed from manganese dioxide (δ-MnO2) sheets, that are coated with polydopamine and folic acid to selectively target cancer cells. The biodegradability and colloidal stability of the uncoated hollow nanoparticles were investigated in comparison to solid MnO2 nanoparticles and graphene oxide sheets. The MnO2 hollow nanoparticles degraded at a faster rate and seem to have a higher surface area and better colloidal dispersion than solid MnO2 nanoparticles. Xanthan gum was proven to improve colloidal dispersion of these hollow nanoparticles and were used for further cell studies. In this study, cancer and healthy cells were treated with coated hollow nanoparticles, and results indicate that this novel hollow nanoparticle may preferentially target and kill cancer cells. Particle aggregation has shown to be toxic to cells. Further studies with this novel drug delivery system may lead to a groundbreaking solution to targeted cancer therapy.
|Commitee:||Roth, Zvi S., Asghar, Waseem|
|School:||Florida Atlantic University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||MAI 82/2(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Biodegradability, Colloidal stability, Dopamine, Drug delivery system, MnO2 hollow nanoparticles|
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