Announcing a new publication for Acta Materia Medica journal. Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic inflammatory disease that can lead to articular cartilage destruction and periarticular bone erosion, thus ultimately compromising joint integrity and function. Anti-inflammatory drugs and biological agents are commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, but they cannot selectively target inflamed joints, because of their systemic mechanisms, short half-lives and low bioavailability. Consequently, these agents must be used at high doses and delivered frequently, thereby increasing costs and the risk of adverse effects. Drug delivery systems, such as nanoparticles, liposomes and micelles, can significantly prolong drug half-life in the body and enable targeted delivery into the joints. The authors of this article comprehensively describe the pathogenesis and clinical diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, and summarize recent advances in targeted therapeutic strategies, particularly nano-targeting systems for rheumatoid arthritis
Keywords: Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, nanoparticles, targeting drug delivery, liposomes
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Article Reference: Hanmei Li, Rui Gou and Jiaying Liao et al. Recent advances in nano-targeting drug delivery systems for rheumatoid arthritis treatment. Acta Materia Medica. Vol. 2(1):23-41. DOI: 10.15212/AMM-2022-0039