Author(s): Sanson C, Schatz C, Le Meins JF, Soum A, Thvenot J,
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Abstract Doxorubicin (Dox), an anthracycline anticancer drug, was successfully incorporated into block copolymer vesicles of poly(trimethylene carbonate)-b-poly(L-glutamic acid) (PTMC-b-PGA) by a solvent-displacement (nanoprecipitation) method. pH conditions were shown to have a strong influence on loading capacity and release profiles. Substantial drug loading (47\% w/w) was achieved at pH 10.5. After pH neutralization, aqueous dispersions of drug-loaded vesicles were found stable for a prolonged period of time (at least 6months) without vesicle disruption or drug precipitation. Dox-loaded vesicles exhibited in vitro pH and temperature-dependent drug release profiles: release kinetics fastened in acid conditions or by increasing temperature. These features strongly support the interest of developing PTMC-b-PGA polymersomes as carriers for the controlled delivery of Dox. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in J Control Release
and referenced in Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Devices