Nanoparticle chomps away plaques that cause heart attacks

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
(Funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation)

Scientists from Michigan State University and Stanford University have invented a nanoparticle that eats away – from the inside out – portions of plaques that cause heart attacks. The scientists created a "Trojan Horse" nanoparticle that can be directed to eat debris, thereby reducing and stabilizing plaque. The discovery could be a potential treatment for atherosclerosis – a leading cause of death in the United States.