22 Jan '13, 9pm

Gold Nanoparticles Might Make a Non-Toxic Treatment for Lymphoma: Lymphoma cells are tricked into eating gold na...

Gold Nanoparticles Might Make a Non-Toxic Treatment for Lymphoma: Lymphoma cells are tricked into eating gold na...

Gold in nanoparticle form is perhaps more precious than the macroscale variety when it comes to treating diseases . While the usual application areas for nanotechnology, such as electronics , are finding uses for gold nanoparticles, it is perhaps in the area of drug delivery and the detection and treatments of diseases such as cancer where they are perhaps destined to have their biggest impact. Along these lines, researchers at Northwestern University have used gold nanoparticles to treat a common form of cancer, known as B-cell lymphoma —the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In research to be published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, C. Shad Thaxton, M.D., and Leo I. Gordon, M.D. showed that they could trick B-cell lymphoma, which prefers to eat HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol—otherwise known as the “good cholesterol”—int...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/biomedical/devices/gol...

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