Tiny peptide targets brain injuries | July 4, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 27 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 27 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: July 4, 2016 | Web Date: July 1, 2016

Tiny peptide targets brain injuries

Molecule could help researchers deliver therapeutics for traumatic brain injury
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: neuroscience, traumatic brain injury, drug delivery, phage display

Researchers have found a four-amino-acid peptide that selectively binds to sites of injury in the brain. Such a peptide could help guide small molecules, proteins, and nanoparticles designed to detect or treat traumatic brain injury, the scientists say.

Currently, there are no good treatments to limit the long-term damage caused by traumatic brain injuries experienced by accident victims or military personnel. Erkki Ruoslahti of the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and coworkers developed the . . .

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