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Figure 11 | Particle and Fibre Toxicology

Figure 11

From: The potential risks of nanomaterials: a review carried out for ECETOC

Figure 11

Schematic presentation of potential interactions between Nanoparticles and proteins. The first example shows the intended (covalent) binding of a protein to an NP as a drug-delivery-tool. The second example shows how proteins may absorb on the NP surface, thereby masking the particle properties and loosing functional protein. The third example shows how NP can bind and breakdown proteins, through their active surface area [15].

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