Polysaccharide-based Nanoparticles for Gene Delivery

Myung Sook Huh, Eun Jung Lee, Heebeom Koo, Ji Young Yhee, Keun Sang Oh, Sohee Son, Sojin Lee, Sun Hwa Kim, Ick Chan Kwon, Kwangmeyung Kim

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Nanoparticles based on nanotechnology and biotechnology have emerged as efficient carriers for various biopharmaceutical agents including proteins and genes. In particular, polysaccharides have attracted interest of many researchers in the drug delivery field due to their advantages such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, low toxicity, and ease of modification. A number of polysaccharides including chitosan, hyaluronic acid, and dextran, and their derivatives have been widely used as polymeric backbones for the formation of nanoparticles, which can be provided as valuable gene delivery carriers. In this review, we introduce the chemical and physical natures of different polysaccharides particularly used in biomedical applications, and then discuss recent progress in the development of polysaccharide-based nanoparticles for gene delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Article number31
JournalTopics in Current Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 1


  • Gene delivery
  • Nanomedicine
  • Nanoparticle
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polysaccharide
  • siRNA delivery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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