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Advances in the Formulation of Nanocarriers for Healthcare and Environmental Applications

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 1340

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Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Calabria, 87036 Rende, Italy
Interests: pickering emulsions; food-grade Pickering particles; drug delivery systems; smart pollutant recovery systems; polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs); photochromic nematic emulsions

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Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Calabria, 87036 Rende, Italy
Interests: colloid systems; multifunctional nanoparticles; transdermal and topical delivery; polymeric nanoparticles; controlled release
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Dear Colleagues,

Nanocarriers, due to their small size, have unique properties which make them appealing in many application areas. Using different types of nanosystems, it is possible to obtain more well-constructed and smarter products in many areas linked to human health, from medicine to the food industry, without neglecting environmental protection and animal farm welfare.

In recent decades, research on nanotechnologies has increasingly been directed beyond the field of nanodrugs and nanomedicine to the agrifood and livestock sectors, obtaining encouraging results.

As Guest Editors, we would like to encourage potential contributors to submit their original research in the form of full papers, communications, and critical reviews, on all aspects related to the title of this Special Issue: “Advances in the formulation of Nanocarriers for Healthcare and environmental applications”.

Research areas may include the following:

  • Drug delivery systems;
  • Nanomedicines;
  • Nanotechnologies in agrifood and livestock fields;
  • Nanocarriers for target-specific pollutant capture;
  • Sustainable nanocarriers for environmental management and remediation.

Dr. Patrizia Formoso
Prof. Dr. Rita Muzzalupo
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • drug delivery systems
  • nanomedicines
  • nanotechnologies in agrifood and livestock fields
  • nanocarriers for target-specific pollutant capture
  • sustainable nanocarriers for environmental management and remediation

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Herbicide and Cytogenotoxic Activity of Inclusion Complexes of Psidium gaudichaudianum Leaf Essential Oil and β-Caryophyllene on 2-Hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin
by Luiza Alves Mendes, Loren Cristina Vasconcelos, Milene Miranda Praça Fontes, Geisiele Silva Martins, Aline dos Santos Bergamin, Matheus Alves Silva, Rafael Resende Assis Silva, Taíla Veloso de Oliveira, Victor Gomes Lauriano Souza, Marcia Flores da Silva Ferreira, Róbson Ricardo Teixeira and Renata Pereira Lopes
Molecules 2023, 28(15), 5909; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules28155909 - 6 Aug 2023
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Abstract
The present investigation aimed to develop inclusion complexes (ICs) from Psidium gaudichaudianum (GAU) essential oil (EO) and its major compound β-caryophyllene (β-CAR), and to evaluate their herbicidal (against Lolium multiflorum and Bidens pilosa) and cytogenotoxic (on Lactuca sativa) [...] Read more.
The present investigation aimed to develop inclusion complexes (ICs) from Psidium gaudichaudianum (GAU) essential oil (EO) and its major compound β-caryophyllene (β-CAR), and to evaluate their herbicidal (against Lolium multiflorum and Bidens pilosa) and cytogenotoxic (on Lactuca sativa) activities. The ICs were obtained using 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD) and they were prepared to avoid or reduce the volatility and degradation of GAU EO and β-CAR. The ICs obtained showed a complexation efficiency of 91.5 and 83.9% for GAU EO and β-CAR, respectively. The IC of GAU EO at a concentration of 3000 µg mL−1 displayed a significant effect against weed species B. pilosa and L. multiflorum. However, the β-CAR IC at a concentration of 3000 µg mL−1 was effective only on L. multiflorum. In addition, the cytogenotoxic activity evaluation revealed that there was a reduction in the mitotic index and an increase in chromosomal abnormalities. The produced ICs were able to protect the EO and β-CAR from volatility and degradation, with a high thermal stability, and they also enabled the solubilization of the EO and β-CAR in water without the addition of an organic solvent. Therefore, it is possible to indicate the obtained products as potential candidates for commercial exploration since the ICs allow the complexed EO to exhibit a more stable chemical constitution than pure EO under storage conditions. Full article
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