Cordy gold nanoparticles (Cor-AuNPs)

Cordy gold nanoparticles (Cor-AuNPs)

 #GS-03 Science and Technology

For Prelims:

About Cordy gold nanoparticles (Cor-AuNPs):

  • Cordy gold nanoparticles (Cor-AuNPs) are derived from the synthesis of the extracts of Cordyceps militaris and gold salts.
  • These have been designed to make medicine delivery safer and surer.
  • Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are small gold particles with a diameter of 1 to 100 nm which, once dispersed in water, are also known as colloidal gold.
  • The first data on colloidal gold can be found in treatises by Chinese, Arabian, and Indian scientists, who managed to obtain colloidal gold as early as in the V–IV centuries BC.
  • AuNPs are able to interact with the skin barrier, enhancing delivery and improving the skin permeability of high-molecular-weight active agents.
  • They find applications in genomics, biosensorics, immunoassays, clinical chemistry, laser phototherapy of cancer cells and tumors, the targeted delivery of drugs etc.
  • Gold salts are ionic chemical compounds of gold generally used in medicine.

About Cordyceps militaris:

  • Cordyceps militaris is a high-value parasitic fungus, lab-grown at the Department of Biotechnology’s Technology Incubation Centre (TIC) in Bodoland University.
  • Cordyceps militaris, called super mushroom for its tremendous medicinal properties, adds bioactive components to the synthesis of gold nanoparticles for better penetration.
The Advantages of Cordy gold nanoparticles:
  • Penetration in the cells is more when the drug particles are smaller.
  • It can be delivered as ointments, tablets, capsules, and in other forms.