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Radicals find no freedom from fullerenes

HLovy writes "
What's important to note about the big nanotube/fullerene corporate love match announced this week is what CSixty is bringing to bulk materials supplier Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc. — some important drug-delivery technology and a partnership with Merck & Co.

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Why would Merck would pay attention to little CSixty? It's the company's fullerene antioxidant technology. What that means is this: C60 (aka buckminsterfullerenes, buckyballs or fish killer) is a sponge that mops up free radicals. No, we're not talking about former members of the Weather Underground. Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons that try to shack up and play homewrecker with other molecules, causing cellular damage. They're bad boys. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant. But, buckyballs — those little rascals — are 100 to 1,000 times more potent than vitamin E.

CSixty is developing buckyball-based antioxidant drugs for neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, along with some less-serious applications such as anti-aging creams.

Not a bad little acquisition for a nanotube peddler with the right kinds of patents and partnerships.

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One Response to “Radicals find no freedom from fullerenes”

  1. jayakar Says:

    Free-radicals of bio-matrix are connective

    The free-radicals of the bio-matrix, links the bio-matrix to the environment-nature. Hence any corrective measures on the defective bio-matrix to be by the natural ingredients like natural anti-oxidants along with the possible environmental regulatory measures. So, the beneficial and the adverse results of the more-synthetic materials of this category are unpredictable and needs lot of time-consuming experimentations and controlled clinical trials, especially for the systemic applications deep into the body since the targeting and the pinpointing methods on defective bio-matrix is highly critical; whereas the local applications are less risky.

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