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Contact: David F. Salisbury
Vanderbilt University

Nanosponge Particle Illustration

Caption: The illustration shows a nanosponge particle attaching to human breast cancer cells. The particle holds an anticancer drug that it releases gradually as it decomposes. Peptide linkers are shown with the ball and stick representation. Although only two are shown in the illustration, about three dozen are attached to the surface of actual particles. The linkers are specially configured to bind to the surface of irradiated cancer cells.

Credit: Harth Laboratory

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