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Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes as Nanosyringes

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Functionalized nanoparticles and nanotubes may be able to target specific cells, become ingested and then release their contents in response to a chemical trigger. An alternative delivery mechanism, which may offer advantages in drug delivery is the use of a nanosyringe which pierces the cell membrane and injects molecules such as DNA or anticancer drugs directly into the cell. Here, we propose the use of double-walled carbon nanotubes as nanosyringes. By way of illustration we investigate the suction and expulsion mechanisms, using elementary mechanics and applied mathematical modeling techniques, for both a C60 fullerene and the anticancer drug cisplatin, but similar calculations can be undertaken for any molecule. Some specific guidelines are formulated to assist medical scientists to facilitate nanosyringe development.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jctn.2008.1112

Publication date: November 1, 2008

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  • Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience is an international peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidates research activities in all aspects of computational and theoretical nanoscience into a single reference source. This journal offers scientists and engineers peer-reviewed research papers in all aspects of computational and theoretical nanoscience and nanotechnology in chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering and biology to publish original full papers and timely state-of-the-art reviews and short communications encompassing the fundamental and applied research.
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