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Micelles Based on Methoxy Poly(Ethylene Glycol)Cholesterol Conjugate for Controlled and Targeted Drug Delivery of a Poorly Water Soluble Drug

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In this study, quercetin (QC) with cancer chemoprevention effect and anticancer potential was loaded into polymeric micelles of methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-cholesterol conjugate (mPEG-Chol) in order to increase its water solubility. MPEG-Chol with lower critical micelle concentration (CMC) value (4.0 × 10−7 M ∼ 13 × 10−7 M) was firstly synthesized involving two steps of chemical modification on cholesterol by esterification, and then QC was incorporated into mPEG-Chol micelles by self-assembly method. After the process parameters were optimized, QC-loaded micelles had higher drug loading (3.66%) and entrapment efficiency (93.51%) and nano-sized diameter (116 nm). DSC analysis demonstrated that QC had been incorporated non-covalently into the micelles and existed as an amorphous state or a solid solution in the polymeric matrix. The freeze-dried formulation with addition of 1% (w/v) mannitol as cryoprotectant was successfully developed for the long-term storage of QC-loaded micelles. Compared to free QC, QC-loaded micelles could release QC more slowly. Moreover, the release of QC from micelles was slightly faster in PBS at pH 5 than that in PBS at pH 7.4, which implied that QC-loaded micelles might be pH-sensitive and thereby selectively deliver QC to tumor tissue with unwanted side effects. Therefore, mPEG-Chol was a promising micellar vector for the controlled and targeted drug delivery of QC to tumor and QC-loaded micelles were also worth being further investigated as a potential formulation for cancer chemoprevention and treatment.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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