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Resealed Erythrocytes as Drug Carriers and Its Therapeutic Applications

Resealed Erythrocytes as Drug Carriers and Its Therapeutic Applications
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Author(s): Prabhakar Singh (University of Allahabad, India), Sudhakar Singh (Kolkata Medical College, India) and Rajesh Kumar Kesharwani (NIMS University, India)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 27
Source title: Recent Advances in Drug Delivery Technology
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Raj K. Keservani (Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, India), Anil K. Sharma (GD Goenka University, India) and Rajesh Kumar Kesharwani (National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0754-3.ch012


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In this pharma innovative world, there are more than 30 drug delivery systems. Today's due to lacking the target specificity, the present scenario about drug delivery is emphasizing towards targeted drug delivery systems. Erythrocytes are the most common type of blood cells travel thousands of miles from wide to narrow pathways to deliver oxygen, drugs and nutrient during their lifetime. Red blood cells have strong and targeted potential carrier capabilities for varieties of drugs. Drug-loaded carrier erythrocytes or resealed erythrocytes are promising for various passive and active targeting. Resealed erythrocyte have advantage over several drug carrier models like biocompatibility, biodegradability without toxic products, inert intracellular environment, entrapping potential for a variety of chemicals, protection of the organism against toxic effects of the drug, able to circulate throughout the body, ideal zero-order drug-release kinetics, no undesired immune response against encapsulated drug etc. Resealed erythrocytes are rapidly taken up by macrophages of the Reticuloendothelial System (RES) of the liver, lung, and spleen of the body and hence drugs also. Resealed erythrocytes method of drugs delivery is secure and effective for drugs targeting specially for a longer period of time. This chapter will explain the different method of drug loading for resealed erythrocytes, their characterization, and applications in various therapies and associated health benefits.

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