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Paclitaxel-Loaded TPGS-b-PCL Nanoparticles: In Vitro Cytotoxicity and Cellular Uptake in MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 Cells versus mPEG-b-PCL Nanoparticles and Abraxane®

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Nanomedicines have become an attractive platform for the development of novel drug delivery systems in cancer chemotherapy. Polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) represent one of the best wellinvestigated nanosized carriers for delivery of antineoplastic compounds. The “Pegylation strategy” of drug delivery systems has been used in order to improve carrier biodistribution, however, some nanosized systems with PEG on their surface have exhibited poorly-cellular drug internalization. In this context, the purpose of the present study was to compare In Vitro performance of two paclitaxel (PTX)-loaded NPs systems based on two biocompatible copolymers of alpha tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate-block-poly(-caprolactone) (TPGS-b-PCL) and methoxyPEG-block-poly(-caprolactone) (mPEG-b-PCL) in terms of citotoxicity and PTX cellular uptake. Furthermore, TPGS-b-PCL NPs were also copared with the commercially available PTX nano-sized formulation Abraxane®. Both TPGS-b-PCL and mPEG-b-PCL derivates were synthesized by ring opening polymerization of -caprolactone employing microwaved radiation. NPs were obtained by a solvent evaporation technique where the PTX content was determined by reverse-phase HPLC. The resulting NPs had an average size between 200 and 300 nm with a narrow size distribution. Also both NPs systems showed a spherical shape. The In Vitro PTX release profile from the NPs was characterized employing the dialysis membrane method where all drug-loaded formulations showed a sustained and slow release of PTX. Finally, In Vitro assays demonstrated that PTX-loaded TPGS-b-PCL exhibited a significant higher antitumor activity than PTX-loaded mPEG-b-PCL NPs and Abraxane® against an estrogen-dependent (MCF-7) and an estrogen independent (MDA-MB-231) breast cancer cells lines. Furthermore TPGS-b-PCL NPs showed a significant increase on PTX cellular uptake, for both breast cell lines, in comparison with mPEG-b-PCL NPs and Abraxane®. Overall findings confirmed that NPs based on TPGS-b-PCL as biomaterial demonstrated a better In Vitro performance than NPs with PEG, representing an attractive alternative for the development of novel nanosized carriers for anticancer therapy.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2016

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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