标题：pH-responsive copolymers based on pluronic P123-poly(β-amino ester): Synthesis, characterization and application of copolymer micelles
作者：Cai, Xiaoqing ;Liu, Mengrui ;Zhang, Chen ;Sun, Deqing ;Zhai, Guangxi
作者机构：[Cai, Xiaoqing ;Liu, Mengrui ;Zhai, Guangxi ] Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, Shandong University, Jinan; 250012, China;[Sun, Deqing 更多
来源：Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
摘要：A novel amphiphilic and pH-responsive copolymer, pluronie P123-poly(β-amino ester) (P123-PAE), was firstly designed and synthesized using a Michael-type step polymerization. Nano-sized polymeric micelles based on P123-PAE block copolymer were prepared by self-assembly. Curcumin (Cur), a potential cancer therapy drug, was efficiently encapsulated into the P123-PAE micelles to enhance anticancer efficacy. The obtained Cur loaded P123-PAE micelles (Cur-P123-PAE) presented a spherical shape and high drug loading (18.4%). Interestingly, when the media pH decreased from 7.4 to 5.5, the particle size of the micelles shrank from 152.5 nm to 122.1 nm due to the protonation of PAE blocks, and the zeta potential of the P123-PAE micelles changed from weakly positive (1.5 mV) to highly positive (9.0 mV) over a pH range from 7.4 to 5.5. In vitro drug release studies demonstrated that the release rate of Cur was markedly influenced by pH. In vitro cytotoxicity tests showed that all the blank micelles were non-toxic. Cur-P123-PAE exhibited similar antitumor effect against MCF-7 and HepG2 cells compared to solubilized Cur solution. Using Coumarin-6 as a fluorescence probe, it was observed that Cur-P123-PAE micelles experienced longer circulation followed by accumulation at tumor tissues with stronger fluorescence intensity. The results of pharmacokinetics studies showed that the P123-PAE micelles could significantly prolong the retention time of Cur in vivo.
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