Controlled release of heparin-binding growth factors using heparin-containing particulate systems for tissue regeneration
Authors: Joung, Yoon Ki; Bae, Jin Woo; Park, Ki Dong
Source: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, Volume 5, Number 11, November 2008 , pp. 1173-1184(12)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:The strategy of growth factor delivery to specific sites for therapeutic applications has been considered an essential process in biomedical fields despite some obstacles, such as a non-controlled release with initial burst. This article focuses on particulate systems using heparin for the controlled delivery of heparin-binding growth factors (HBGFs), an emerging area in the tissue engineering field. Since heparin has been widely utilized for growth factor delivery due to its electrostatic nature and specific affinity with HBGFs, heparin-containing polymeric particulates can be utilized as functional carriers to deliver growth factors in a controlled manner. In particular, examples of the HBGF delivery systems containing heparin, perspectives and potential applications are described and discussed.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2008-11-01