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Polymers 2018, 10(4), 443;

pH-Sensitive Micelles Based on Star Copolymer Ad-(PCL-b-PDEAEMA-b-PPEGMA)4 for Controlled Drug Delivery

School of Chemical Engineering & Light Industry, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, China
Guangzhou Tinci Materials Technology Co., Ltd., Guangzhou 510760, China
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec. 4, Keelung Road, Taipei 106, Taiwan
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Received: 12 March 2018 / Revised: 7 April 2018 / Accepted: 11 April 2018 / Published: 14 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Core-Shell Structured Polymers)
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Enhancing drug loading efficacy and stability of polymeric micelles remains a grand challenge. Here we develop adamantane-based star copolymers adamantane-[poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-poly(2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)-b-poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)]4 (Ad-(PCL-b-PDEAEMA-b-PPEGMA)4) and their self-assembled micelles for controlled drug delivery. Results show that the polymers have excellent stability in solution with low critical micelle concentration (CMC) (0.0025–0.0034 mg/mL) and the apparent base dissociation constant (pKb) of the polymers is from 5.31 to 6.05. Dynamic light scattering analysis exhibits the great environmental response capability of the pH-sensitive micelles according to particle sizes and zeta potentials. With the synergy effect of the adamantane and hydrophobic block, the micelles display the high Doxorubicin (DOX) loading efficacy (up to 22.4%). The DOX release study shows that the micelles are capable of controlled release for drug. This work indicates the Ad-(PCL-b-PDEAEMA-b-PPEGMA)4 micelles may provide new guidelines for drug control and release system in overcoming cancer treatment. View Full-Text
Keywords: anti-cancer drug delivery; polymeric micelles; pH-responsive; star polymer; adamantane anti-cancer drug delivery; polymeric micelles; pH-responsive; star polymer; adamantane

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Yang, H.; Guo, J.; Tong, R.; Yang, C.; Chen, J.-K. pH-Sensitive Micelles Based on Star Copolymer Ad-(PCL-b-PDEAEMA-b-PPEGMA)4 for Controlled Drug Delivery. Polymers 2018, 10, 443.

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