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An optimized, pH-sensitive mixed-micelle system conjugated with folic acid is prepared in order to challenge multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancers. The micelles are composed of poly(histidine (His)-co-phenylalanine (Phe))-b-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA)-b-PEG-folate. Core-forming, pH-sensitive hydrophobic blocks of(More)
In order to overcome multidrug resistance in solid tumors, doxorubicin (DOX) loaded pH-sensitive micelles of which surface was decorated with folate (PHSM/f) were evaluated both in vitro and in vivo experiments. PHSM/f were fabricated from a mixture of two block copolymers of poly(L-histidine) (M(n): 5K)-b-PEG (M(n): 2K)-folate (polyHis/PEG-folate) (75(More)
Poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) has been known as an efficient gene carrier with the highest cationic charge potential. High transfection efficiency of PEI, along with its cytotoxicity, strongly depends on the molecular weight. Synthesis of cationic copolymers derived from the low molecular weight of PEI and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), which are water(More)
The ultimate goal of drug delivery research is to help patients by developing clinically useful formulations. During the last several decades controlled drug delivery technology has advanced significantly , leading to the development of various clinical formulations improving patient compliance and convenience [1]. Current technologies allow delivery of(More)
The cytotoxicity of adriamycin (ADR)-loaded and pH-sensitive nanoparticles made of pullulan acetate (PA) and sulfonamide (sulfadimethoxine; SDM) (PA/SDM) conjugate to a breast tumor cell line (MCF-7) was investigated to test the feasibility of the nanoparticles in targeting acidic tumor extracellular pH (pH(e)). At pH 6.8, ADR loaded PA/SDM nanoparticles(More)
To improve transfection efficiency and reduce the cytotoxicity of polymeric gene vectors, reducible polycations (RPC) were synthesized from low molecular weight (MW) branched polyethyleneimine (bPEI) via thiolation and oxidation. RPC (RPC-bPEI(0.8 kDa)) possessed MW of 5 kDa-80 kDa, and 50%-70% of the original proton buffering capacity of bPEI(0.8 kDa) was(More)
Novel pH-sensitive polymeric mixed micelles composed of poly(L-histidine) (polyHis; M(w) 5000)/PEG (M(n) 2000) and poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) (M(n) 3000)/PEG (M(n) 2000) block copolymers with or without folate conjugation were prepared by diafiltration. The micelles were investigated for pH-dependent drug release, folate receptor-mediated internalization(More)
Aqueous polymer solutions that are transformed into gels by changes in environmental conditions, such as temperature and pH, thus resulting in in situ hydrogel formation, have recently attracted the attention of many investigators for scientific interest and for practical biomedical or pharmaceutical applications. When the hydrogel is formed under(More)
A novel drug targeting system for acidic solid tumors has been developed based on ultra pH-sensitive polymer and cell penetrating TAT. The delivery system consisted of two components: 1) A polymeric micelle that has a hydrophobic core made of poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) and a hydrophilic shell consisting of polyethylene glycol (PEG) conjugated to TAT (TAT(More)