Copper Nanoparticle Pills?
Using high-affinity particulate coating on copper particles as an in vivo antimicrobial agent. Coating can be an antibiotic for attraction, followed by copper interior killing the microbes. Applications: no 'drug resistance' issues arise, very potent, relatively inexpensive materials, and other potential pharmaceutical applications (pills).
Hello, I'm not sure how this website works or where to post new ideas that we could have, but I figured this network is a good place. A few weeks ago, our university, Ryerson (Toronto, ON) started a competition (research challenge) in which students are to come up with any idea related to the advancement of synthetic biology.
To introduce ourselves, we are biomedical and biology major undergraduate students at Ryerson University interested in medical microbiology. For the challenge, we sought to create a capsule that uses the antimicrobial properties of copper as a cidal agent for infectious bacteria in the GI tract. The capsule has fine copper particles that are coated with an antibiotic.
Copper surfaces are antimicrobial, and we are interested in using this property inside humans (or mammals). Since it would be ineffective to swallow large pieces of copper, nanoparticles, or fine copper particles with their high surface area were chosen instead. To combat the problem that infectious bacteria wouldn't interact the copper naturally, the surface of the copper is coated with a molecule that is recognizable by the microbes. Primarily, we were thinking antibiotics since it would prevent the host's cells from dying, but target the infectious ones. This way, the even resistant cells would try to metabolize the antibiotics, however, the copper atoms underneath would attack these cells.