The Use of Silk in Nanomedicine Applications

Raymond Chiasson, Moaraj Hasan, Q. Al Nazer, Omid C. Farokhzad, Nazila Kamaly

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    Biopolymers made up of silk proteins have been used in numerous drug delivery applications and represent an excellent source of natural biomaterials. In particular silk fibroin has proved valuable as a building block for nanomedicines and drug delivery implants, owing to its favorable biocompatibility, degradation, stabilization and controllability. In this chapter we will discuss the various sources of silk biomaterial and how this naturally occurring biopolymer has been utilized in the development of nanomedicines and implantable drug delivery systems, demonstrating how silk is a unique biological template which has opened up many possibilities for the generation of functional biomaterials and drug delivery systems in a green and cost-effective manner.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNanomedicine
    Publication date2016
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4939-3632-8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4939-3634-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Silk
    • Polymers
    • Silk fibroin
    • Nanomedicine
    • Drug delivery
    • Silk biomaterials
    • Nanoparticle

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    Chiasson, R., Hasan, M., Al Nazer, Q., Farokhzad, O. C., & Kamaly, N. (2016). The Use of Silk in Nanomedicine Applications. In Nanomedicine (pp. 245-278). Springer.