A New Drug Delivery System May be provided Using a Body’s Defense Mechanism

Are our bodies vulnerable to some pollutants whose lack of solubility in water, or “hydrophobicity,” has always been thought to protect us from them? New Tel Aviv University research has discovered that this is indeed the case.

Studies by Dr. Michael Gozin of Tel Aviv University’s School of Chemistry at the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences and Dr. Dan Peer of TAU’s Laboratory of Nanomedicine in the Department of Cell Research and Immunology have revealed that mucus – the thick substance lining those internal bodily organs that come into contact with the outer environment, such as the respiratory system, the digestive system, and the female reproductive system – may instead play an active role in the penetration of hydrophobic substances, including toxins and carcinogens, into our cells. Continue reading