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Cross-linked micelles of graftlike block copolymer bearing biodegradable ε-caprolactone branches: a novel delivery carrier for paclitaxel

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The poor stability of micellar drug delivery system in vivo due to large volume dilution often leads to premature drug release with low therapeutic efficacy. In this study, shell cross-linked micelles of graftlike block copolymer bearing biodegradable ε-caprolactone branches (PMAA-b-PFM) were prepared to be used as a novel carrier for paclitaxel (PTX). PTX was successfully encapsulated into the hydrophobic cores of the cross-linked micelles using the dialysis method. The resultant PTX-loaded cross-linked micelles were about 99 nm in diameter with spherical shape and high encapsulation efficiency. The PTX-loaded cross-linked micelles had smaller sizes and better stability as compared to the non-cross-linked controls. Fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry studies showed that PTX-loaded cross-linked micelles had excellent cellular uptake ability by bone marrow derived macrophages and human glioma U87 cells. Cellular uptake of cross-linked micelles was found to be higher than non-cross-linked controls due to smaller size. In vitro cytotoxicity studies also revealed that the PTX-loaded cross-linked micelles exhibit high anti-cancer activity to U87 cells. These results suggested that cross-linked PMAA-b-PFM micelles could be a potential vehicle for delivering hydrophobic chemotherapeutic drugs to tumors.

Graphical abstract: Cross-linked micelles of graftlike block copolymer bearing biodegradable ε-caprolactone branches: a novel delivery carrier for paclitaxel

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The article was received on 14 Aug 2011, accepted on 28 Sep 2011 and first published on 03 Nov 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1JM13950A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 373-380
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    Cross-linked micelles of graftlike block copolymer bearing biodegradable ε-caprolactone branches: a novel delivery carrier for paclitaxel

    Y. Tao, R. Liu, M. Chen, C. Yang and X. Liu, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 373
    DOI: 10.1039/C1JM13950A

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