Synthesis and Characterization of Fatty Acid/Amino Acid Self-Assemblies
AbstractIn this paper, we discuss the synthesis and self-assembling behavior of new copolymers derived from fatty acid/amino acid components, namely dimers of linoleic acid (DLA) and tyrosine derived diphenols containing alkyl ester pendent chains, designated as “R” (DTR). Specific pendent chains were ethyl (E) and hexyl (H). These poly(aliphatic/aromatic-ester-amide)s were further reacted with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and poly(ethylene glycol methyl ether) of different molecular masses, thus resulting in ABA type (hydrophilic-hydrophobic-hydrophilic) triblock copolymers. We used Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies to evaluate the chemical structure of the final materials. The molecular masses were estimated by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) measurements. The self-organization of these new polymeric systems into micellar/nanospheric structures in aqueous environment was evaluated using ultraviolet/visible (UV-VIS) spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The polymers were found to spontaneously self-assemble into nanoparticles with sizes in the range 196–239 nm and critical micelle concentration (CMC) of 0.125–0.250 mg/mL. The results are quite promising and these materials are capable of self-organizing into well-defined micelles/nanospheres encapsulating bioactive molecules, e.g., vitamins or antibacterial peptides for antibacterial coatings on medical devices. View Full-Text
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Gajowy, J.; Bolikal, D.; Kohn, J.; Fray, M.E. Synthesis and Characterization of Fatty Acid/Amino Acid Self-Assemblies. J. Funct. Biomater. 2014, 5, 211-231.
Gajowy J, Bolikal D, Kohn J, Fray ME. Synthesis and Characterization of Fatty Acid/Amino Acid Self-Assemblies. Journal of Functional Biomaterials. 2014; 5(4):211-231.Chicago/Turabian Style
Gajowy, Joanna; Bolikal, Durgadas; Kohn, Joachim; Fray, Miroslawa E. 2014. "Synthesis and Characterization of Fatty Acid/Amino Acid Self-Assemblies." J. Funct. Biomater. 5, no. 4: 211-231.