Hydrogels in mucosal delivery

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Abstract

The concept of mucoadhesion and the molecular design requirements for the synthesis of mucoadhesive agents are both well understood and, as a result, hydrogel formulations that may be applied to mucosal surfaces are readily accessible. Nanosized hydrogel systems that make use of biological recognition or targeting motifs, by reacting to disease-specific environmental triggers and/or chemical signals to affect drug release, are now emerging as components of a new generation of therapeutics that promise improved residence time, faster response to stimuli and triggered release.

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