Methods for isolation and identification of nanoparticle-containing subcellular compartments

Ari Nowacek, Irena Kadiu, Joellyn McMillan, Howard E. Gendelman

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Nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems have considerable potential for improvement of drug stability, bioavailability, and reduced dosing frequency. Important technological advantages of nanoparticles include high carrier capacity across biological membranes and controlled drug release. Ultimately, success of nanodelivery systems depends on toxicologic issues associated with the understanding of the fate of nanocarriers and their polymeric constituents within the targeted cells. Here we describe a method for determining subcellular distribution of nanoparticles by isolation and identification of organelles that come in direct contact with these structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCellular and Subcellular Nanotechnology
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Protocols
EditorsVolkmar Weissig, Mark Olsen, Tamer Elbayoumi
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Drug delivery
  • Endosome
  • Macrophage
  • Nanoparticle
  • Subcellular trafficking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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