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Transmission electron microscopy for nanomedicine: novel applications for long-established techniques

Manuela Malatesta

Abstract

During the last twenty years, the research in nanoscience and nanotechnology has dramatically increased and, in the last decade, the interest has progressively been oriented towards biomedical applications, giving rise to a new field termed nanomedicine. Transmis - sion electron microscopy is a valuable technique not only for the thorough physico-chemical characterization of newly synthesized nanoparticulates, but especially to explore the effects of nanocomposites on biological systems, providing essential information for the development of efficient therapeutic and diagnostic strategies. Thus, for the progress of nanotechnology in the biomedical field, experts in cell biology, histochemistry and ultramicroscopy should always support the chemists, physicists and pharmacologists engaged in the synthesis and characterization of innovative nanoconstructs.

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Biodistribution; nanoparticles; nanotechnology; ultrastructure.

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Submitted: 2016-11-19 11:57:15
Published: 2016-12-09 11:01:21
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