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Grafting of 2-Hydroxypropyl--Cyclodextrin on Gum Arabic-Modified Iron Oxide Nanoparticles as a Magnetic Carrier for Targeted Delivery of Hydrophobic Anticancer Drug

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A new magnetic nanocarrier for the targeted delivery of hydrophobic drugs was developed by modifying magnetic nanoparticles with gum arabic and grafting with 2-hydroxypropyl-cyclodextrins (HCD) using hexamethylene diisocyanate (HMDI) as a linker. The size, hydrodynamic diameter, and grafting of HCD were characterized. The resultant magnetic nanocarrier exhibited an excellent capability to load all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA), an anticancer agent. The better biocompatibility and the combined properties of specific targeting and complexation ability with hydrophobic drugs make the nanosystem an exciting prospect for targeted delivery of hydrophobic drugs.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Publication date: 01 January 2010

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