Self-Assembling PCL-PAMAM Linear Dendritic Block Copolymers (LDBCs) for Bioimaging and Phototherapeutic Applications
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Copyright © 2020 American Chemical Society. This study represents a successful approach toward employing polycaprolactone-polyamidoamine (PCL-PAMAM) linear dendritic block copolymer (LDBC) nanoparticles as small-molecule carriers in NIR imaging and photothermal therapy. A feasible and robust synthetic strategy was used to synthesize a library of amphiphilic LDBCs with well-controlled hydrophobic-to-hydrophilic weight ratios. Systems with a hydrophobic weight ratio higher than 70% formed nanoparticles in aqueous media, which show hydrodynamic diameters of 51.6 and 96.4 nm. These nanoparticles exhibited loading efficiencies up to 21% for a hydrophobic molecule and 64% for a hydrophilic molecule. Furthermore, successful cellular uptake was observed via trafficking into endosomal and lysosomal compartments with an encapsulated NIR theranostic agent (C3) without inducing cell death. A preliminary photothermal assessment resulted in cell death after treating the cells with encapsulated C3 and exposing them to NIR light. The results of this work confirm the potential of these polymeric materials as promising candidates in theranostic nanomedicine.
ACS Applied Bio Materials
Loku Yaddehige, M.,
(2020). Self-Assembling PCL-PAMAM Linear Dendritic Block Copolymers (LDBCs) for Bioimaging and Phototherapeutic Applications. ACS Applied Bio Materials, 3(9), 5664-5677.
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