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See detailDesign and synthesis of novel DOTA(Gd3+)–polymer conjugates as potential MRI contrast agents
Grogna, Mathurin ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Luxen, André ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2011), 21(34), 12917-12926

Conventional low molecular weight gadolinium based Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) contrast agents such as Magnevist® are very useful for imaging tissues. However, at the high magnetic fields used in ... [more ▼]

Conventional low molecular weight gadolinium based Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) contrast agents such as Magnevist® are very useful for imaging tissues. However, at the high magnetic fields used in modern MRI equipments, their relaxivity (contrasting efficiency) is rather poor. The grafting of the gadolinium complex onto macromolecules is a way to enhance their relaxivity provided that the rotational motion of the complex is decreased significantly. Here we report the design of novel Gd3+ based MRI contrast agents with improved relaxivity and potential long blood circulation life-time. We investigate the grafting of 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7-triacetic acid, 1,4,7-tris(1,1-dimethylethyl) ester (DO3AtBu-NH2; a precursor of Gd3+ ligand) onto well-defined functional copolymers bearing activated esters (succinimidyl esters) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chains required for stealthiness. The tert-butyl groups of grafted DO3AtBu-NH2 are then deprotected by trifluoroacetic acid followed by complexation of Gd3+. Addition of free DOTA at the end of the reaction is necessary to leave the pure and stable water soluble macrocontrast agent. Importantly it shows a relaxivity at high frequencies that is 300% higher than that of the ungrafted gadolinium complex. These novel functional copolymers are therefore promising candidates as macromolecular contrast agents for MRI applications. [less ▲]

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See detailEnzymatic synthesis and surface active properties of novel hemifluorinated mannose esters
Favrelle, Audrey ULg; Boyère, Cédric ULg; Laurent, Pascal ULg et al

in Carbohydrate Research (2011), 346(9), 1161-1164

The lipase-catalysed esterification of sugars with hemifluorinated acid derivatives is reported for the first time. A series of mannose modified derivatives having fluorinated chains with different length ... [more ▼]

The lipase-catalysed esterification of sugars with hemifluorinated acid derivatives is reported for the first time. A series of mannose modified derivatives having fluorinated chains with different length have been prepared accordingly in moderate yield. A preliminary evaluation of the surface active properties of these hemifluorinated mannose esters revealed their ability to reduce the surface tension of water much more efficiently than their aliphatic counterparts. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganometallic-mediated radical polymerization: unusual route toward (quasi-) diblock graft copolymers starting from a mixture of monomers of opposed reactivity
Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Fustin, Charles-André et al

in Macromolecules (2011), 44(12), 4623-4631

Graft copolymers have been prepared by one-step organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) for the first time. Poly(ethylene glycol) acrylate (PEGA) was copolymerized with vinyl acetate (VAc ... [more ▼]

Graft copolymers have been prepared by one-step organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) for the first time. Poly(ethylene glycol) acrylate (PEGA) was copolymerized with vinyl acetate (VAc) to yield well-defined P(PEGA-grad-VAc) gradient graft copolymers using bis(acetylacetonato)cobalt(II) as the control agent. The influence of experimental parameters such as the PEGA/VAc molar ratio, the nature of the initiator, and the temperature on the control of the copolymerization was discussed. The use of an excess of cobalt complex appeared as a key parameter to maintain a good level of control when higher contents of acrylate were used in the comonomer feed. The reactivity ratios were estimated and revealed that PEGA was added around 30 times faster than VAc, which gave access to a gradient P(PEGA-grad-VAc) copolymer or to a P(PEGA-grad-VAc)-b-PVAc diblock copolymer when the VAc polymerization was pursued after the full consumption of PEGA. The amphiphilic character of the copolymers makes them prone to self-assemble into micelles in water, as evidenced by dynamic light scattering. [less ▲]

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See detailPMMA/carbon nanotube nanocomposites foams for EMI shielding application
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Molenberg, Isabel; Huynen, Isabelle et al

Conference (2011, June 27)

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See detailReversibly core-cross-linked micelles sensitive to reductive environment for the design of drug delivery systems
Cajot, Sébastien ULg; Danhier, F.; Collodoro, M. et al

Poster (2011, June 16)

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See detailNovel drug delivery sytem of siRNA based on chitosan, pegylated chitosan and polyethyleneimine
Ragelle, Héloïse; Vandermeulen, Gaëlle; Riva, Raphaël ULg et al

in Human Gene Therapy (2011, June 06), 22

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See detailAn efficient biphasic synthesis of polymer-grafted reduced graphite oxide based nanocomposites
Vuluga, Daniela ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Molenberg, Isabel et al

Conference (2011, June 01)

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See detailDesign of reversibly core cross-linked micelles sensitive to reductive environment
Cajot, Sébastien ULg; Lautram, N.; Passirani, Catherine et al

in Journal of Controlled Release (2011), 152(1), 30-36

Azido-functional amphiphilic macromolecules based on a biodegradable aliphatic polyester (poly-epsilon-caprolactone, PCL) and a bioeliminable hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) block have been used in ... [more ▼]

Azido-functional amphiphilic macromolecules based on a biodegradable aliphatic polyester (poly-epsilon-caprolactone, PCL) and a bioeliminable hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) block have been used in order to build micellar drug delivery systems. Such azido groups being able to react by alkyne-azide 1,3 Huisgens cycloaddition (a click reaction) have been used further in order to cross-link the micelles via redox-sensitive disulfide bridges. This reversible cross-linking allows to prevent micelles dissociation at high dilution upon injection and to trigger their dissociation in more reductive environment, such as the cytosol. Copolymers having three different architectures, i.e. able to crosslink either the core or the shell of core-shell-corona system have been used to investigate their micellization, cross-linking and cross-linking reversibility. The stealthiness of these micelles crosslinked in the hydrophobic segment has also been studied in vitro. [less ▲]

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