Disulfide Cross-Linked Amphiphilic Copolymers Loading Doxorubicin for Controlled Drug Delivery
An amphiphilic copolymer, PEG-b-PLA-b-(PAA-co-PNIPAM), was synthesized via atom transfer radical polymerization of tert-butyl acrylate and N-isopropyl acryamide using PEG-b-PLA-Br as a macroinitiator and CuBr/Me6 TREN as a catalytic system, followed by selectively hydrolyzing tert-butyl groups to carboxyl groups. Then, doxorubicin (DOX) was loaded to the hydrophobic core, and the PAA segments were cross-linked by cystamine to get disulfide cross-linked and DOX loaded micelles. The transmission electron microscopy images showed that the cross-linked DOX loaded micelles were spherical nanoparticles, with a mean diameter of 100 nm. The drug release behavior of the cross-linked DOX loaded micelles was redox responsive. The cumulative release amount of DOX was 33.1% with the presence of 10 mM of glutathione (GSH) at 37 °C, much higher than that without the presence of GSH, which was only 4.3%. Furthermore, the cumulative release amount of DOX was 50.9% at 25 °C, higher than that at 37 °C, indicating that the cross-linked DOX loaded micelles were also thermo-sensitive.
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Publication date: May 1, 2015
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