Russian scientists have found a new way to use silicon nanoparticles to fight cancer
Posted On March 23, 2021
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A team of researchers has come up with a unique way to diagnose and fight cancer using silicon nanoparticles.
Coated with a special type of polymer, such as polyethylene glycol, silicon nanoparticles can be injected into the patient’s body, where they circulate freely through the bloodstream, accumulating in a potential tumor. When their concentration increases in a certain place, they can be detected from the outside using fluorescent light, and thanks to specially designed tools, it is possible to establish their exact position in three dimensions.
The same nanoparticles can be used to transport drugs, such as radionuclides, to the affected area to prevent tumor growth..
Since the particles are fully compatible with the human immune system and degrade naturally over time, their use is completely safe..
The development of the new technique was carried out by scientists from the P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the National Research Nuclear University «MEPhI», Institute of Chemistry of High-Purity Substances named after G.G. Devyatykh, Russian Academy of Sciences, together with European colleagues.
We also recently reported that chemists have developed a more efficient way to deliver drugs through the skin using nanoemulsion gels.