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Design of Zein Conjugation and Surface Modification for Targeting Drug Delivery

[ Vol. 21 , Issue. 4 ]


Phuong H-Lien Tran and Thao Truong-Dinh Tran*   Pages 406 - 415 ( 10 )


Various strategies for the use of zein for controlled drug release have been investigated and reported in the literature, especially engineering strategies for using zein conjugates to enhance oral bioavailability and targeted delivery, which has attracted interest in recent research. Although still limited, the ability to fabricate self-assembling nanoparticles loaded with molecules of interest offering functional groups for potential conjugation could yield zein-based conjugates with promise as materials for drug delivery. In the current review, recent studies on zein-based conjugates with outstanding features are discussed based on the various types of conjugation. The key physicochemical characterization methods for the chemical conjugation and identification of zein are also summarized. Further opportunities to develop zein-based materials through conjugation will provide promising alternative formulations for a number of drug candidates.


Conjugate, zein, controlled drug release, self-assembled nanoparticle, targeting.


Deakin University, Geelong Australia, School of Medicine, Department for Management of Science and Technology Development, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City

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