Preparation of hyaluronic acid nanoparticles via hydrophobic association assisted chemical cross-linking: an orthogonal modular approach
2011 (English)In: Soft Matter, ISSN 1744-683X, Vol. 7, no 16, 7517-7525 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The objective of this study was to develop an efficient and stable drug delivery nanocarrier based on a dually functionalized hyaluronic acid (HA) derivative which could be used as a long circulating drug delivery vehicle. Self-assembled HA nanoparticles (HA NPs) were prepared by attaching pyrene to the HA backbone and the obtained physical NPs were stabilized by chemical cross-linking of the HA chains to form hydrophobic core-hydrophilic shell NPs. Orthogonal chemoselective reactions were applied for conversion of HA into its amphiphilic derivative and subsequent cross-linking of the formed micellar-type associates. Chemical stabilization of the physical HA associates afforded therefore very stable nanoparticles that could easily be re-suspended in aqueous media after freeze-drying. In contrast, freeze-drying of the uncross-linked physically associated particles resulted in a non-soluble material. Doxorubicin (DOX), a typical anticancer drug, was entrapped into HA NPs via ionic and/or hydrophobic interactions and used for in vitro drug release. Higher loading efficiency and the slower release profile of DOX from HA NPs were obtained with the hydrophobically encapsulated drug. We have shown that free HA NPs were readily taken up by NIH 3T3 cells without causing any toxicity to the cells, while the DOX-loaded HA NPs resulted in increased cell death comparable to the free drug. This study clearly showed the applicability of orthogonal chemoselective modifications for the synthesis of stable HA nanogel particles as a potential cancer-targeted drug delivery system.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 7, no 16, 7517-7525 p.
Natural Sciences Polymer Chemistry
Research subject Chemistry with specialization in Polymer Chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-158426DOI: 10.1039/c1sm05785eISI: 000293412900049OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-158426DiVA: diva2:439546