Molecular Dynamics Simulations to Study Drug Delivery Systems [chapter]

Juan M.R. Albano, Eneida de Paula, Monica Pickholz
2018 Molecular Dynamics  
Molecular dynamics simulation is a very powerful tool to understand biomolecular processes. In this chapter, we go over different applications of this methodology to drug delivery systems (DDS) carried out in the group. DDS-a formulation or a device that enables the introduction of a therapeutic substance in the body and improves its efficacy and safety by controlling the rate, time, and place of release of drugs-are an important component of drug development and therapeutics. Biocompatible
more » ... particles are materials in the nanoscale that emerged as important players, improving efficacy of approved drugs, for example. The molecular understanding of the encapsulation process could be very helpful to guide the nanocarrier for a specific system. Here we discuss different applications of drug delivery carriers, such as liposomes, polymeric micelles, and polymersomes using atomistic and coarse grain (CG) molecular dynamics simulations.
doi:10.5772/intechopen.75748 fatcat:kqmrybrsqjevvbsjy7zmbusw5m