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The aim of this study is to develop novel polylactide/poly(ethylene glycol) (PLA/PEG) micelles as carrier of hydrophobic drug (paclitaxel) by direct dissolution method without using any organic solvents. The in vitro and in vivo release properties were studied in comparison with micelles prepared by dialysis. Drug encapsulation efficiency (EE) and loading(More)
Recently, a novel gene-deletion method was developed for the crenarchaeal model Sulfolobus islandicus, which is a suitable tool for addressing gene essentiality in depth. Using this technique, we have investigated functions of putative DNA repair genes by constructing deletion mutants and studying their phenotype. We found that this archaeon may not encode(More)
Synthetic polymers have attracted much attention in tissue engineering due to their ability to modulate biomechanical properties. This study investigated the feasibility of processing poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) homopolymer, PCL-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) diblock, and PCL-PEG-PCL triblock copolymers into three-dimensional porous scaffolds. Properties(More)
Ring-opening polymerization of D,L-lactide was carried out in the presence of monohydroxylated poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) with Mn of 2000 and 5000, using zinc powder as catalyst. The resulting PEG-b-polylactide (PEG-PLA) diblocks with various ethylene oxide/lactyl (EO/LA) ratios were coupled with adipoyl chloride to yield PEG-PLA-PEG triblock copolymers.(More)
Copolymers were synthesized by ring opening polymerization of l- or d-lactide in the presence of dihydroxyl PEG with molar mass of 6000, 12,000 and 20,000, using zinc lactate as catalyst. Bioresorbable hydrogels were obtained by mixing PLLA-PEG-PLLA and PDLA-PEG-PDLA aqueous solutions due to stereocomplexation between PLLA and PDLA chains. Rheological(More)
A series of diblock copolymers were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of l- or d-lactide in the presence of monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG) with molar masses of 2000 and 5000. The aggregation behavior of the resulting water soluble PLA/PEG diblock copolymers in aqueous medium was studied with dynamic and static light scattering (DLS and(More)
A series of bioresorbable polymers were prepared by ring-opening polymerization of L-lactide (LLA), DL-lactide (DLLA), epsilon-caprolactone (CL) and 1,3-trimethylene carbonate (TMC), using low toxic zinc lactate as catalyst. The various PLLA, PTMC, PCL homopolymers, and PLLA-TMC, PDLLA-TMC, PCL-TMC copolymers with 50/50 molar ratios were characterized by(More)
Copolymers of polylactide (PLA) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) were synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of L- or D-lactide in the presence of mono- or dihydroxyl PEG using nontoxic zinc lactate as catalyst. The resulting diblock and triblock copolymers were characterized by various analytical techniques such as SEC, (1)H NMR, XRD, and DSC.(More)
Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) and its block copolymers with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) were prepared by ring-opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone in the presence of ethylene glycol or PEG, using zinc metal as catalyst. The resulting polymers were characterized by various analytical techniques such as (1)H NMR, SEC, DSC, IR, X-ray, ESEM, and(More)
Cancer vaccines are considered to be a promising tool for cancer immunotherapy. However, a well-designed cancer vaccine should combine a tumor-associated antigen (TAA) with the most effective immunomodulatory agents and/or delivery system to provoke intense immune responses against the TAA. In the present study, we introduced a new approach by conjugating(More)