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Significant role of cationic polymers in drug delivery systems.

  • Author(s): Farshbaf, Masoud
  • Davaran, Soodabeh
  • Zarebkohan, Amir
  • Annabi, Nasim
  • Akbarzadeh, Abolfazl
  • Salehi, Roya
  • et al.

Cationic polymers are characterized as the macromolecules that possess positive charges, which can be either inherently in the polymer side chains and/or its backbone. Based on their origins, cationic polymers are divided in two category including natural and synthetic, in which the possessed positive charges are as result of primary, secondary or tertiary amine functional groups that could be protonated in particular situations. Cationic polymers have been employed commonly as drug delivery agents due to their superior encapsulation efficacy, enhanced bioavailability, low toxicity and improved release profile. In this paper, we focus on the most prominent examples of cationic polymers which have been revealed to be applicable in drug delivery systems and we also discuss their general synthesis and surface modification methods as well as their controlled release profile in drug delivery.

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