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Preparation, Characterization, and In Vitro Evaluation of Docetaxel-Loaded Poly(lactic acid)-Poly(ethylene glycol) Nanoparticles for Parenteral Drug Delivery

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The aim of this study was to develop a suitable drug delivery system without Tween 80 and design docetaxel (DTX)-loaded PLA-PEG nanoparticles to improve solubility and decrease side effect of docetaxel. DTX-loaded PLA-PEG nanoparticles were prepared by modified solvent volatilixation method and characterized by particle size distribution, zeta potential and entrapment efficiency. The morphology of DTX loaded PLA-PEG nanoparticles was approximately spherical. The mean diameter and zeta potential of freeze-dried PLA-PEG nanoparticles were 205 ± 8.1 nm and –24.17 ± 2.20 mV, respectively. The average entrapment efficiency and drug loading of freeze-dried DTX- loaded PLA-PEG nanoparticles were 91.83 ± 1.28% and 8.17 ± 0.35%, respectively. The in vitro release showed that the release from DTX loaded PLA-PEG nanoparticles was slower than from Duopafei® and followed the Weibull equation. Cytotoxicity of Duopafei® and DTX loaded PLAPEG nanoparticles was evaluated. Compared with Duopafei®, DTX-loaded PLA-PEG nanoparticles showed similar cytotoxicity against three human cancer cell lines and lower toxicity on human normal hepatocellular HL-7702 cells. The apoptosis was detected and measured with Hoechst 33342 and AnnexinV-FITC kit. Compared with Duopafei®, DTX-loaded PLA-PEG nanoparticles revealed similar cytotoxicity against A549 cells by inducing similar apoptosis. These results indicated that the PLA-PEG nanoparticles obtained in this study could potentially be exploited as a carrier without Tween 80, which improved drug solubility and decrease side effect of docetaxel.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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