Light-Crosslinked Enediyne Small-molecule Micelle Based Drug Delivery System.

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Summary of "Light-Crosslinked Enediyne Small-molecule Micelle Based Drug Delivery System."

Light crosslinkable small molecular micelles with enediyne units are designed for developing efficient drug delivery systems. Gemcitabine (GEM) is chosen as a model hydrophilic drug and is tethered with a maleimide-based enediyne (EDY) as a hydrophobic tail in the preparation of amphiphilic EDY-GEM. The stable micellar particles are obtained by crosslinking the enediyne moieties via photo-induced Bergman cyclization polymerization in aqueous media. The light-crosslinked spherical micelles with a size of 80 nm are characterized with dynamic light scattering (DLS) and electron microscopy, showing robust micellar stability, bright fluorescent emission due to their intrinsic conjugated structure, and potential passive tumor-targeting ability through the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect. The drug-loaded micelles, as an example of light crosslinked small-molecule micelle based drug delivery system, exhibit high drug loading contents (50%) and greatly improved cytotoxicity towards A549 cells (decreasing the IC50 value of Gemcitabine by 10 times) thanks to the greatly increased cellular uptake of the drug-loaded micelles as confirmed by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). The light crosslinkable enediyne based small-molecular micellar system therefore provides a simple yet efficient drug-delivery platform for cancer chemotherapy.


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Name: ACS applied materials & interfaces
ISSN: 1944-8252


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