Antibiotic Polymeric Nanoparticles for Biofilm-Associated Infection Therapy

Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1147)


Polymeric nanoparticles are highly attractive as drug delivery vehicles due to their high structural integrity, stability during storage, ease of preparation and functionalization, and controlled release capability. Similarly, lipid–polymer hybrid nanoparticles, which retain the benefits of polymeric nanoparticles plus the enhanced biocompatibility and prolonged circulation time owed to the lipids, have recently emerged as a superior alternative to polymeric nanoparticles. Drug nanoparticle complex prepared by electrostatic interaction of oppositely charged drug and polyelectrolytes represents another type of polymeric nanoparticle. This chapter details the preparation, characterization, and antibiofilm efficacy testing of antibiotic-loaded polymeric and hybrid nanoparticles and antibiotic nanoparticle complex.

Key words

Antibiofilm Lipid–polymer hybrid nanoparticles Antimicrobial testing PLGA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringSchool of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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