Molecules 2008, 13(2), 360-378; doi:10.3390/molecules13020360

Design, Synthesis and Applications of Hyaluronic Acid-Paclitaxel Bioconjugates†

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Received: 29 January 2008; in revised form: 11 February 2008 / Accepted: 11 February 2008 / Published: 12 February 2008
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Abstract: Paclitaxel (1a), a well known antitumor agent adopted mainly for the treatmentof breast and ovarian cancer, suffers from significant disadvantages such as low solubility,certain toxicity and specific drug-resistance of some tumor cells. To overcome theseproblems extensive research has been carried out. Among the various proposed strategies,the conjugation of paclitaxel (1a) to a biocompatible polymer, such as hyaluronic acid(HA, 2), has also been considered. Coupling a bioactive compound to a biocompatiblepolymer offers, in general, many advantages such as better drug solubilization, betterstabilization, specific localization and controlled release. Hereafter the design, synthesisand applications of hyaluronic acid-paclitaxel bioconjugates are reviewed. An overview ofHA-paclitaxel combinations is also given.
Keywords: Paclitaxel; Hyaluronic Acid; Hyaluronic Acid-Paclitaxel Bioconjugate; Synthesis; Biological Activity.
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Leonelli, F.; La Bella, A.; Migneco, L.M.; Bettolo, R.M. Design, Synthesis and Applications of Hyaluronic Acid-Paclitaxel Bioconjugates†. Molecules 2008, 13, 360-378.

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Leonelli F, La Bella A, Migneco LM, Bettolo RM. Design, Synthesis and Applications of Hyaluronic Acid-Paclitaxel Bioconjugates†. Molecules. 2008; 13(2):360-378.

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Leonelli, Francesca; La Bella, Angela; Migneco, Luisa M.; Bettolo, Rinaldo M. 2008. "Design, Synthesis and Applications of Hyaluronic Acid-Paclitaxel Bioconjugates†." Molecules 13, no. 2: 360-378.

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