Sugar-coated nanoparticles aid in cancer fight

04/20/2005 | Nature Publishing Group (subscription required)

California researchers found in mouse studies that coating nanoparticles with a polymer from a sugar-based molecule allowed the nanoparticles, carrying small interfering RNA, to get to tumors and inhibit the expression of the tumor-growth gene without causing an immune response. The researchers, presenting at the American Association for Cancer Research, said the treatment could be used against a variety of cancers and could move to clinical trials in two years.

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