Neurodegenerative diseases (NDs), including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD), threaten the health of an ever-growing number of older people worldwide; so far, there are no effective cures. Significant efforts have been devoted to developing new drugs for NDs in recent years, and some small molecules have been shown to be promising in preclinical studies. However, the major challenge for brain-targeting drugs is how to efficiently deliver the drugs across the blood–brain barrier (BBB) to desired targets. To address this issue, liposomal delivery systems have proved to be ideal carriers for neuroprotective small molecules. Here, we summarize recent advances in the brain-targeting liposomal delivery of small hydrophobic molecules (SHMs) and propose strategies for developing liposomal SHMs as disease-modifying neurotherapeutics for NDs.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Drug Discovery