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Multi Drug Loaded Thermo-Responsive Fibrinogen-graft-Poly(N-vinyl Caprolactam) Nanogels for Breast Cancer Drug Delivery

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This study aims at the targeted delivery of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and Megestrol acetate (Meg) loaded fibrinogen-graft-poly(N-Vinyl caprolactam) nanogels (5-FU/Meg-fib-graft-PNVCL NGs) toward α 5 β 1-integrins receptors expressed on breast cancer cells to have enhanced anti-cancer effect in vitro. To achieve this aim, we developed biocompatible thermoresponsive fib-graft-PNVCL NGs using fibrinogen and carboxyl terminated PNVCL via EDC/NHS amidation reaction. The Lower Critical Solution Temperature (LCST) of fib-graft-PNVCL could be tuned according to PNVCL/fibrinogen compositions. The 100–120 nm sized nanogels of fib-graft-PNVCL (LCST = 35 ± 1 °C) was prepared using CaCl2 cross-linker. The 5-FU/Meg-fib-graft-PNVCL NGs showed a particle size of 150–170 nm size. The drug loading efficiency with 5-FU was 62% while Meg showed 74%. The 5-FU and Meg release was prominent above LCST than below LCST. The multi drug loaded fib-graft-PNVCL NGs showed enhanced toxicity, apoptosis and uptake by breast cancer (MCF-7) cells compared to their individual doses above their LCST. The in vivo assessment in Swiss albino mice showed sustained release of Meg and 5-FU as early as 3 days, confirming the therapeutic efficiency of the formulation. These results demonstrate an enhanced platform for the future animal studies on breast tumor xenograft model.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2015

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