Slipping through: Pluronic molecules adsorb onto nanoparticle surfaces through their polypropylene oxide (PPO) segments with the flanking polyethylene glycol (PEG) segments forming a dense muco-inert brush (see picture; top). While uncoated particles are immobilized in mucus through adhesive interactions with mucus mesh elements, coated particles diffuse rapidly through spaces in the mucus mesh (bottom).
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