Author(s): Li W, Feng S, Guo Y
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Abstract Block copolymer micelles have shown great potential in drug delivery systems, not only for overcoming the drawbacks of small agents such as water insolubility and wide distribution in normal tissues, but also for avoiding traditional nanoparticle formulation shortcomings, including in vivo instability and fast clearance from the blood. However, for translating micellar formulations to clinical practice, it is essential to overcome the many in vivo obstacles. Surmounting these barriers strongly depends on micellar physicochemical properties, which can be further optimized by the unique physiological aspects of solid tumors such as low pH, high temperature and the presence of abnormal vessels. Herein, based on the Flory parameter and scaling theory, the fundamental mechanisms and correlations in vitro/in vivo between self assembly, drug loading and release, stability, intracellular delivery and in vivo distribution, as well as micellar composition, size and microstructural tailoring are systematically revisited. The methods for enhancing micellar performance in solid tumors were consequently proposed through well-defined core-corona structure tailoring.
This article was published in Nanomedicine (Lond)
and referenced in Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta