Polyphenol and Self-Assembly: Metal Polyphenol Nanonetwork for Drug Delivery and Pharmaceutical Applications

The following is the abstract of a paper published by Dr. Tea (Xingcai Zhang) etc on polyphenol and nanotechnology. “Polyphenols have been a hot study area for the past few decades. Their antioxidant, antiobesity, anticancer and other health-related properties are major driving forces for their application in modern food, drug, dietary supplement, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical industries. However, most polyphenols have limited bioavailability which confines their application. With the development of self-assembly technology, this problem can be solved. What is more, self-assembly technology has advanced to precisely control the thickness, morphology and functionalities of materials. Recently, polyphenols are found to be able to coordinate with metals and self-assemble into nanolayers with precious 2 nm thickness. Here, metal polyphenol nanonetwork (MPN) self-assembly technology and its various drug delivery and pharmaceutical applications are reviewed. Its challenges and prospects are discussed.” https://doi.org/10.4155/fdd-2019-0001

Keywords: Nanotea, Tea Polyphenol, Self-Assembly