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      Contact-facilitated drug delivery with Sn2 lipase labile prodrugs optimize targeted lipid nanoparticle drug delivery

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          Sn2 lipase labile phospholipid prodrugs in conjunction with contact-facilitated drug delivery offer an important advancement in Nanomedicine. Many drugs incorporated into nanosystems, targeted or not, are substantially lost during circulation to the target. However, favorably altering the pharmacokinetics and volume of distribution of systemic drug delivery can offer greater efficacy with lower toxicity, leading to new prolonged-release nanoexcipients. However, the concept of achieving Paul Erhlich's inspired vision of a ‘magic bullet’ to treat disease has been largely unrealized due to unstable nanomedicines, nanosystems achieving low drug delivery to target cells, poor intracellular bioavailability of endocytosed nanoparticle payloads, and the substantial biological barriers of extravascular particle penetration into pathological sites. As shown here, Sn2 phospholipid prodrugs in conjunction with contact-facilitated drug delivery prevent premature drug diffusional loss during circulation and increase target cell bioavailability. The Sn2 phospholipid prodrug approach applies equally well for vascular constrained lipid-encapsulated particles and micelles the size of proteins that penetrate through naturally fenestrated endothelium in the bone marrow or thin-walled venules of an inflamed microcirculation. At one time Nanomedicine was considered a ‘Grail Quest’ by its loyal opposition and even many in the field adsorbing the pains of a long-learning curve about human biology and particles. However, Nanomedicine with innovations like Sn2 phospholipid prodrugs has finally made ‘made the turn’ toward meaningful translational success.

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                Wiley Interdiscip Rev Nanomed Nanobiotechnol
                Wiley Interdiscip Rev Nanomed Nanobiotechnol
                Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
                John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Hoboken, USA )
                Jan-Feb 2016
                21 August 2015
                : 8
                : 1
                : 85-106
                [1 ]Departments of Bioengineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
                [2 ]Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, MO, USA
                [3 ]Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, MO, USA
                [4 ]Division of Oncology, Department of Medicine, Washington University Medical School St. Louis, MO, USA
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                *Correspondence to: greg.lanza@ 123456me.com

                Conflict of interest: The authors have declared no conflicts of interest for this article.

                The copyright line for this article was changed on 05 October 2015 after original online publication.

                © 2015 The Authors. WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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