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Fabrication and Characterization of Mucin Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery Applications

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Mucin glycoproteins are ideal biomacromolecules for drug delivery applications since they naturally offer a plethora of different functional groups that can engage in specific and unspecific binding interactions with cargo molecules. However, to fabricate drug carrier objects from mucins, suitable stabilization mechanisms have to be implemented into the nanoparticle preparation procedure that allow for drug release profiles that match the requirements of the selected cargo molecule and its particular mode of action. Here, we describe two different methods to prepare crosslinked mucin nanoparticles that can release their cargo either on-demand or in a sustained manner. This method chapter includes a description of the preparation and characterization of mucin nanoparticles (stabilized either with synthetic DNA strands or with covalent crosslinks generated by free radical polymerization), as well as protocols to quantify the release of a model drug from those nanoparticles.

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This project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Free State of Bavaria under the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Länder through the ONE MUNICH Project Munich Multiscale Biofabrication.

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Kimna, C., Lutz, T.M., Lieleg, O. (2024). Fabrication and Characterization of Mucin Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery Applications. In: Kameyama, A. (eds) Mucins. Methods in Molecular Biology, vol 2763. Humana, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-0716-3670-1_33

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