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The synthesis of a new zwitterionic diblock copolymer poly(l-glutamic acid)-b-poly(l-lysine) (PGA-b-PLys) is described, and its self-assembly into schizophrenic vesicles that can reversibly be produced in moderate acidic or basic aqueous solutions is reported. These pH-sensitive nanoparticles are expected to be very promising candidates in macromolecular(More)
Using "click chemistry" as an easy and versatile synthetic strategy to combine hyaluronan and polyglutamate blocks, we have prepared nanovesicles (polymersomes) that present a controlled size, excellent colloidal stability, and a high loading capacity for hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs. The unique feature of our concept is the use of hyaluronan, a(More)
Local and temporal control of drug release has for long been a main focus in the development of novel drug carriers. Polymersomes, which can load both hydrophilic and hydrophobic species and, at the same time, be tailored to respond to a desired stimulus, have drawn much attention over the last decade. Here we describe polymersomes able to encapsulate up to(More)
This paper discusses the self-assembly of block copolymers into vesicular morphology. After a brief state of art of the field, a system based on an amphiphilic poly(butadiene)- b-poly(-L-glutamic acid) (PB- b-PGA) diblock copolymer in aqueous solution is discussed in detail. The aggregation behavior of this block copolymer has been investigated by means of(More)
UNLABELLED The in vivo efficacy of doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded poly(γ-benzyl l-glutamate)-block-hyaluronan (PBLG(23)-b-HYA(10))-based polymersomes (PolyDOX) was evaluated. Samples were efficiently labeled with technetium-99m radionuclide with good stability for in vivo studies. PolyDOX enhanced circulation time compared to free DOX. Biodistribution studies(More)
We demonstrate here the formation of compartmentalized polymersomes with an internal "gelly" cavity using an original and versatile process. Nanosize polymersomes of poly(trimethylene carbonate)-b-poly(L-glutamic acid) (PTMC-b-PGA), formed by a solvent displacement method are encapsulated with a rough "cytoplasm mimic" in giant polymersomes of(More)
We have investigated the intracellular delivery of doxorubicin (DOX) loaded poly(gamma-benzyl L-glutamate)-block-hyaluronan (PBLG-b-HYA) based polymersomes (PolyDOX) in high (MCF-7) and low (U87) CD44 expressing cancer cell models. DOX was successfully loaded into polymersomes using nanoprecipitation method and in vitro drug release pattern were achieved at(More)
Hydrophobically modified maghemite (γ-Fe(2)O(3)) nanoparticles were encapsulated within the membrane of poly(trimethylene carbonate)-b-poly(l-glutamic acid) (PTMC-b-PGA) block copolymer vesicles using a nanoprecipitation process. This formation method gives simple access to highly magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) (loaded up to 70 wt %) together with good(More)
Protein secondary structures may exhibit reversible transitions that occur in an abrupt and controllable manner. In this report, we demonstrate that such transitions may be utilized in the design of a "smart" protein micellar system, in which a stimulus-induced change in protein structure triggers a rapid change in micelle compacticity and size.(More)