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Self-assembled methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-cholesterol micelles for hydrophobic drug delivery.

Journal of pharmaceutical sciences (2013-01-03)
Yiyi Yu, Yingju He, Bei Xu, Zhiyao He, Ying Zhang, Yan Chen, Yang Yang, Yongmei Xie, Yu Zheng, Gu He, Jun He, Xiangrong Song
ABSTRACT

To promote the application of methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-cholesterol (mPEG-Chol), mPEG-Chol was used to prepare core-shell micelles encapsulating poorly water-soluble docetaxel (DTX-PM) by modified cosolvent evaporation method. Approaches to enhance DTX entrapment efficiency (EE) and minimize particle size were investigated in detail, including organic and aqueous phase composition, organic/aqueous phase ratio, and polymer concentration. In optimal formulation, micelles had higher EE (97.6%) and drug loading (4.76%) with the diameter of 13.76 ± 0.68 nm and polydispersity index of 0.213 ± 0.006. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that the micelles were spherical, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis proved that DTX was successfully entrapped into mPEG-Chol micelles. The in vitro cytotoxicity experiments displayed that blank micelles had no effect on the growth of SKOV-3, BXPC-3, A549, and HepG-2 cells, demonstrating that mPEG-Chol was one of the biocompatible biomaterials. The half inhibition concentration of DTX-PM on SKOV-3, BXPC-3, A549, and HepG-2 cells were 10.08, 7.6, 28.37, and 125.75 ng/mL, respectively. DTX-PM had the similar antitumor activity to free DTX, indicating that mPEG-Chol was a promising micellar vector for hydrophobic drug delivery. In addition, this work provided a new and facile approach to prepare drug-loaded micelles with controllable performances.

MATERIALS
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Product Description

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Poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether, average Mn 20,000
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Poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether, average Mn 550
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Poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether, average Mn ~2,000
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Poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether, BioUltra, 500
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Poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether, average Mn 750
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