In this week's Nature Nanotechnology a letter by researchers at the Univeristy of California, report on a biomimetic nanosponge that absorbs pore-forming toxins. The nanosponges compromise of biocompatible polymeric nanoparticles encapsulated in a red blood cell membrane, which then essentially act as decoys once in the blood stream, by absorbing damging proteins and neutralising their toxicity. Other therapies are designed to target specific molecular struture of pore-forming toxins, including Staphylococcus aureus, and as such are specific for a particular disease and conditions, these nanosponges the authors claim that it is possible to neutralize every single one, regardless of their molecular structure. For more information please click here.
Source: MIT Technology News, Nature Nanotechnology