The Right Recipe

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An Emory research team believes it has found the right recipe of ingredients to one day make safe, effective drug-laden microparticles for heart attack patients.

The team, led by biomedical engineer Michael E. Davis, found that injecting animal hearts with microparticles formulated with the polymer PCADK—poly(cyclohexane-1,4-diylacetone dimethylene ketone)—improved cardiac function after simulated heart attack. Unlike other “carrier” molecules, PCADK degrades into two benign substances: 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol, an FDA-approved food additive, and acetone, an endogenous compound.

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  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created By: Floyd Wood
  • Created: 07/27/2009
  • Modified By: Fletcher Moore
  • Modified: 10/07/2016

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