New folate-functionalized biocompatible block copolymer micelles as potential anti-cancer drug delivery systems

Mariano Licciardi, Gaetano Giammona, Jianzhong Du, Andrew L. Lewis, Mariano Licciardi, Gaetano Giammona, Steven P. Armes, Yiqing Tang

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Abstract

The main objective of this study was to synthesize novel folic acid-functionalized diblock copolymer micelles and evaluate their solubilizationof two poorly water-soluble anti-tumor drugs, tamoxifen and paclitaxel, which suffer from low water solubility and/or poor hydrolytic stability.The diblock copolymer consisted of a permanently hydrophilic block comprising 2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) residuesand a pH-sensitive hydrophobic block comprising 2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DPA) residues. Folic acid (FA) was conjugated to theend of the MPC block so that this group was located on the micelle periphery. Tamoxifen- and paclitaxel-loaded micelles were prepared from FA–MPC–DPA copolymers prepared with two different block compositions that were designed to produce optimal solubilization of each drug. Theirdrug-loading capacities and aqueous stabilities were determined by high performance liquid chromatography. The hydrodynamic diameters oftamoxifen- and paclitaxel-loaded FA–MPC–DPA micelles ranged from 30 to 60 nm, as judged by dynamic light scattering (DLS) andtransmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies. Finally, tamoxifen and paclitaxel release profiles were evaluated in phosphate buffer solution atpH 7.4 and 5. These studies demonstrated that FA–MPC–DPA micelles acted as useful drug carriers, leading to relatively slow release of bothtamoxifen and paclitaxel into aqueous solution over a period of 7 days. In addition, rapid release can be triggered by lowering the solution pH to 5,which leads to protonation of the DPA block and hence rapid micellar dissociation.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)2946-2955
Number of pages10
JournalPolymer
Volume47
Publication statusPublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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