Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 3, 2018
Previous Article Next Article

Biodegradable pH-responsive hydrogels for controlled dual-drug release

Author affiliations


Dual-drug loaded pH-responsive hydrogels were prepared as a delivery system carrying, as exemplars, both anti-cancer and anti-bacterial agents for pH controlled drug release. The hydrogels were composed of poly(L-lactide)-co-polyethyleneglycol-co-poly(L-lactide) dimethacrylates (with various molecular weights of L-lactide oligomers) as a macromolecular crosslinker and copolymerized with acrylic acid and N-isopropylacrylamide. The biodegradability, biocompatibility and mechanical properties of the hydrogels were characterized with the hydrogels being nontoxic to cells, while showing a reversible >80% reduction in volume at pH 1.2 compared to pH 7.4. Drug release profiles showed differential release of tetracycline over doxorubicin at pH 1.2, with both drugs being released equally at pH 7.4. Biodegradability was tunable by altering the crosslinking density and pH, with the total degradation of the best gels observed within 2 weeks at pH 7.4.

Graphical abstract: Biodegradable pH-responsive hydrogels for controlled dual-drug release

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Publication details

The article was received on 09 Jul 2017, accepted on 15 Dec 2017 and first published on 18 Dec 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TB01851G
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018,6, 510-517
  •   Request permissions

    Biodegradable pH-responsive hydrogels for controlled dual-drug release

    L. Xu, L. Qiu, Y. Sheng, Y. Sun, L. Deng, X. Li, M. Bradley and R. Zhang, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018, 6, 510
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TB01851G

Search articles by author