Researchers based at Chongqing University in China have reported the synthesis of thermosensitive magnetic liposomes which release 5-(and-6)-carboxylfluorescein and the cancer drug doxorubicin only when the temperature reaches 42 °C. The materials are stable at body temperature, but irradiation with infrared light allows drug release by causing a change in permeability of the liposome membrane.
The authors suggest that the system has great potential for the efficient release of both hydrophobic and hydrophilic drugs.
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Biocompatible magnetic liposomes for temperature triggered drug delivery
Xingwei Ding, Kaiyong Cai, Zhong Luo, Jinghua Li, Yan Hu and Xinkun Shen
Nanoscale, 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2NR31292A