For several human diseases that are associated with a disturbed cellular metal-ion homeostasis, nanocarriers offer a possibility to bypass the metal-ion uptake system and thereby to rescue the effects of cellular deficiencies. The disadvantage of conventional carriers with limited matrix compatibility is that they either transport non-polar molecules into an aqueous environment or they transfer polar molecules into a hydrophobic environment (micelle). To overcome these problems of solubility and stability of active agents, nanocompartments are needed, that are compatible with various environ-ments.<br><br> <strong>Technology</strong><br> The invention offers a novel application of nanocarriers in copper-deficiency diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson Disease. The nano-transport system can deliver copper and other divalent metal-ions with a high specifici-ty. The nanocarriers are formed by covalent modification of dendritic macro-molecules with a shell, to form stable micelle-type structures.<br><br>
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