Importance of Theranostics in Rare Brain-Eating Amoebae Infections

Ayaz Anwar, Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Naveed Ahmed Khan*

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Abstract

Pathogenic free-living amoebae including Acanthamoeba spp., Balamuthia mandrillaris, and Naegleria fowleri cause infections of the central nervous system (CNS), which almost always prove fatal. The mortality rate is high with the CNS infections caused by these microbes despite modern developments in healthcare and antimicrobial chemotherapy. The low awareness, delayed diagnosis, and lack of effective drugs are major hurdles to overcome these challenges. Nanomaterials have emerged as vital tools for concurrent diagnosis and therapy, which are commonly referred to as theranostics. Nanomaterials offer highly sensitive diagnostic systems and viable therapeutic effects as a single modality. There has been good progress to develop nanomaterials based efficient theranostic systems against numerous kinds of tumors, but this field is yet immature in the context of infectious diseases, particularly parasitic infections. Herein, we describe the potential value of theranostic applications of nanomaterials against brain infections due to pathogenic amoebae.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-12
Number of pages7
JournalACS Chemical Neuroscience
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • theranostics
  • nanomaterials
  • infectious disease
  • parasites
  • brain-eating amoeba

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