Generic placeholder image

Current Nanomedicine


ISSN (Print): 2468-1873
ISSN (Online): 2468-1881

Review Article

Bile Acid Nanoparticles - An Emerging Approach for Site Specific Drug Targeting

Author(s): Vasanti Suvarna, Niserga Sawant, Pradnya Jadhav and Namita Desai*

Volume 14, Issue 3, 2024

Published on: 09 January, 2024

Page: [212 - 226] Pages: 15

DOI: 10.2174/0124681873279965231227051108

Price: $65


Bile acids, a group of steroidal acids present in the bile act as biological surfactants and ligands for bile acid transporter proteins for signalling molecules to perform various paracrine and endocrine functions. The enterohepatic circulation of bile acids can be exploited to develop attractive drug delivery approaches with improved targetability of facial amphiphiles and enhanced drug bioavailability by improving absorption and metabolic stability. The effectiveness, safety and targetability of nanoparticles conjugated with bile acids and salts have been discussed in the present review. Various modifications of bile acids promoting absorption and oral bioavailability of drugs for treatment of various disease conditions such as cancer, diabetes and psychosis has also been discussed. Additionally, neuroprotective effect of bile acids and salts has demonstrated utility in various neurodegenerative disorders. Nanoparticles based on bile acids and salts represent an area of emergent interest due to their unique and modifiable properties for improving effectiveness of drugs.

Keywords: Bile acid, bile salts, nanoparticles, drug delivery, cholic acid, chenodeoxycholic acid.

Graphical Abstract

Rights & Permissions Print Cite
© 2024 Bentham Science Publishers | Privacy Policy