Glycopolymer-based nanoparticles: synthesis and application
Synthetic glycopolymers with pendent sugar moieties are able to interact with lectins as multivalent ligands in a similar manner to natural glycoproteins. Nanoparticles (NPs), due to their small size and high surface/volume ratio, lead to very different properties compared with bulk-matter, and NPs have shown great potential in nanomedicine and other biological applications. NPs with glycopolymers on the surface are one of the desirable bio-active particles and an important material to investigate. This review focuses on the synthesis of various glycopolymer-based nanoparticles via different approaches such as self-assembly and the preparation of glycopolymer-conjugated inorganic NPs, and their different applications.