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Hyaluronic acid nanoparticles (HA-NPs), which are formed by the self-assembly of hydrophobically modified HA derivatives, were prepared to investigate their physicochemical characteristics and fates in tumor-bearing mice after systemic administration. The particle sizes of HA-NPs were controlled in the range of 237-424 nm by varying the degree of… (More)
Herein, we evaluated the tumoral low pH targeting characteristics of pH-responsive polymer micelles in cancer targeting therapy. To design the pH-responsive polymeric micelles, hydrophilic methyl ether poly(ethylene glycol) (MPEG) and pH-responsive/biodegradable poly(beta-amino ester) (PAE) were copolymerized using a Michael-type step polymerization,… (More)
We report on pH-responsive core-shell polymer micelles with catechol-Fe(3+) coordinated core cross-links, which provide robustness to drug-loaded polymer micelles and allow the facilitated intracellular release of loaded anticancer drugs in response to an endosomal acidic pH.
To prepare a water-insoluble camptothecin (CPT) delivery carrier, hydrophobically modified glycol chitosan (HGC) nanoparticles were constructed by chemical conjugation of hydrophobic 5beta-cholanic acid moieties to the hydrophilic glycol chitosan backbone. Insoluble anticancer drug, CPT, was easily encapsulated into HGC nanoparticles by a dialysis method… (More)
To make a tumor targeting nano-sized drug delivery system, biocompatible and biodegradable glycol chitosan (M(w)=250 kDa) was modified with hydrophobic cholanic acid. The resulting hydrophobically modified glycol chitosans (HGCs) that formed nano-sized self-aggregates in an aqueous medium were investigated as an anticancer drug carrier in cancer treatment.… (More)
Recently, various nanoparticle systems have been developed for tumor-targeted delivery of imaging agents or drugs. However, large amount of them still have insufficient tumor accumulation and this limits their further clinical applications. Moreover, the in vivo characteristics of nanoparticles have been largely unknown, because there are few proper… (More)
A major drawback of hyaluronic acid (HA)-based drug conjugates or nanoparticles for cancer therapy is their preferential accumulation in the liver after systemic administration. In an attempt to investigate the physicochemical characteristics and in vivo fates of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-conjugated HA nanoparticles (HA-NPs), amphiphilic HA derivatives… (More)
A robust core-shell-corona micelle bearing redox-responsive shell-specific cross-links was evaluated as a carrier of docetaxel (DTX) for cancer therapy. The polymer micelles of poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(L-lysine)-b-poly(L-phenylalanine) (PEG-PLys-PPhe) in the aqueous phase provided the three distinct functional domains: the PEG outer corona for prolonged… (More)
We report protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) encapsulated pH-responsive micelles for cancer treatment. This system showed pH-responsive micellization/demicellization transition at tumoral acidic pH and enabled in vivo tumor diagnosis and therapy simultaneously.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. The considerable mortality from colon cancer is due to metastasis to other organs, mainly the liver. In the management of colon cancer, early detection and targeted therapy are crucial. In this study, we aimed to establish a versatile theranostic system for early tumor… (More)