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The adhesive strength of non-spherical particles mediated by specific interactions

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Title
The adhesive strength of non-spherical particles mediated by specific interactions
Abstract

The specific adhesive interaction between a non-spherical particle and a cell layer under a linear shear flow is analyzed. The effect of the characteristic particle size, expressed in terms of the volume VV, and shape, expressed in terms of the aspect ratio γγ, on the adhesive strength is investigated. It is shown that for a fixed shape, there exists an optimal volume VoptVopt for which the adhesive strength has a maximum. A surprisingly accurate relationship has been derived between the optimal volume VoptVopt and the ratio μS/mrμS/mr (wall shear stress to the receptors surface density) having the form Vopt=α(mr/μS)βVopt=α(mr/μS)β. Also, oblate particles have been shown to adhere more effectively to the biological substrate than classical spherical particles for the same volume VV. As a consequence, non-spherical particles can carry a larger amount of drugs and contrast agents than classical spherical particles with the same adhesive strength, improving the therapeutic and imaging efficacy. The formulae and the procedures described in the present work can guide the optimal design of intravascularly injectable micro/nano carriers.

Keywords
Adhesion; Micro/nano particle; Endothelium; Biomimetic material; Drug delivery
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Biomaterials - Volume 27, Issue 30, October 2006, Pages 5307–5314
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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