Nanoparticles to treat arteriosclerosis
A team of scientists consisting of experts from Harvard University and Columbia University is developing an interesting place to prevent heart disease system. The idea is to use nanoscale particles, which would be introduced to the human body to be moved to the right place.
One of the most important diseases in relation to the heart is arteriosclerosis. The idea is that the nanoparticles take care of destroying the fatty deposits that block blood flow so that the chances of a heart problem are minimal.
So far they have been tested in mice with advanced atherosclerosis and have been a success. However, there are still finalizing details before testing in humans. The medical in this development must be very precise, and cannot go as fast as we would like.
Specifically, once introduced into the body, nanoparticles should be directed to areas where there are arteries of fatty deposits, to gradually release a specific protein, Annexin A1, which degrades those fats. One of the great advantages of this method is that specifically attacks the problem.
Other methods of combating arteriosclerosis involve drugs that reach the whole body, not just the affected areas. Therefore, the key point of this project is to make the nanoparticles have a “guidance system” that allows them to reach the right place. It sounds easy, but the human body is complex and is a challenge to do it.