Researchers develop peptide that can target tumors, deliver agents

10/27/2009 | EurekAlert!

Two University of Rhode Island researchers have developed a peptide called pHLIP that was able to locate a tumor in a mouse then deliver imaging and therapeutic agents to the cancer cells without harming surrounding healthy cells. The peptide's delivery method involves the use of a molecular nanosyringe that can deliver nanogold particles directly to the cancerous tumors. The technology has a pending patent in the U.S. and Europe.

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