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Title: Folate-conjugated polymer micelles with pH-triggered drug release properties
Authors: Zhao, H.
Duong, H.H.P. 
Yung, L.Y.L. 
Keywords: Block copolymers
Stimuli-sensitive polymers
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2010
Citation: Zhao, H., Duong, H.H.P., Yung, L.Y.L. (2010-07-01). Folate-conjugated polymer micelles with pH-triggered drug release properties. Macromolecular Rapid Communications 31 (13) : 1163-1169. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Folate has been applied as a targeting moiety for various anticancer drug-delivery agents to avoid non-specific attack of normal tissues as well as to increase cellular uptake at the target tumor cells. Polymer micelles made of poly[(D,L-lactide)-co-glycolide)]-poly(ethylene glycolfolate (PLGA-PEG-FOL) was fabricated as a tumor targeting carrier for encapsulating the anticancer drug doxorubicin. To accelerate the drug release in the endosóme after folatemediated cellular uptake, pH-sensitive poly(β-amino ester)-PEG-FOL (PAE-PEG-FOL) was added together with PLGA-PEG-FOL to form mixed micelles. The results showed that the drug release can be triggered at different pH due to the ionization of PAE. The IC50 of PLGA-PEG-FOL micelles is 0.46 × 10-6 M. With 20% PAE in the mixed micelles (20:80 mixed micelles), the IC50 decreases to 0.34 × 10-6 M, which is comparable to that of pure PAE-PEG-FOL micelles at pH 7.4. As a result of the pH sensitivity, the PAE-PEG-FOL micelles are not stable at pH 6.5 or lower, and the drug may be released from the micelles into the extracellular environment before uptake by the cells. The 20:80 mixed micelles are relatively stable at this condition. As a result, the micelles retain more drug in the micelles for a higher degree of cellular uptake by folate receptor-mediated endocytosis, and exhibit higher cytotoxicity. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KCaA, Weinheim.
Source Title: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
ISSN: 10221336
DOI: 10.1002/marc.200900876
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