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See detailPEGylated quaternized copolymer/DNA complexes for gene delivery
Vroman, Benoît; Ferreira, Isabel; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2007), 344(1-2), 88-95

The aim of this study was to improve the colloidal stability, decrease unspecific interactions with cells and blood components of a novel gene delivery system composed of epsilon-caprolactone and ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to improve the colloidal stability, decrease unspecific interactions with cells and blood components of a novel gene delivery system composed of epsilon-caprolactone and quaternized epsilon-caprolactone. For this purpose, diblock 50/50 copolymer was used to generate complexes-with DNA by either the solvent evaporation technique and by dialysis. The size, surface charge and degree of interaction of the plasmid-loaded formulations were measured. Then, polyplexes were combined with a poly(CL)-b-PEG copolymer to create a hydrophilic corona on the surface of the complexes. The cytotoxicity, transfection efficiency and cellular uptake of polyplexes and their association with PEG were evaluated on HeLa cells. The dialysis method did not allow to reduce the size of complexes as compared to the solvent evaporation method. The zeta potential of polyplexes became positive from a charge ratio of 4. The degree of interaction of copolymer with plasmid DNA was very high. Cytotoxicity and transfection efficiency were found to be comparable to polyethylenimine 50 kDa. Association of polyplexes with poly(CL)-b-PEG copolymer led to a small increase in particle size and a sharp decrease of charge surface. Cytotoxicity, transfection efficiency and cellular uptake were significantly reduced relative to unshielded copolymer/DNA complexes. The PEGylated formulations may be an attractive approach for an in vivo application. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel pH or thermosensitive block copolymers for triggered drug-delivery systems
Jérôme, Christine ULg

Conference (2007, October 30)

Over the last decade, polymer micelles and nanoparticles have attracted an increasing interest as efficient drug delivery systems. Polymer micelles from amphiphilic block copolymers are supramolecular ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, polymer micelles and nanoparticles have attracted an increasing interest as efficient drug delivery systems. Polymer micelles from amphiphilic block copolymers are supramolecular core-shell type assemblies of some tens of nanometers in diameter. They are highly stable in aqueous solution because of their low intrinsic critical micelle concentration, which prevents their dissociation upon dilution in the blood stream after intravenous injection. The combination of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) with hydrophobic aliphatic polyesters, such as poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) or polylactide (PLA), allows to prepare stealthy drug nanocarriers (thanks to PEO), which are biodegradable and biocompatible and capable of encapsulating a hydrophobic drug (due to the aliphatic polyester). In this field, the inclusion of an additional pH-responsive block in the supramolecular assembly is a promising strategy to improve the targeting of tumor tissues by taking advantage of the lower pH at the vicinity of tumor cells. A variety of novel amphiphilic and pH-sensitive copolymers have been synthesized and tested as building blocks for the design of smart nanocarriers able to expose selectively the targeting unit at the vicinity of tumor. Various macromolecular architectures combining PEO, PCL and P2VP have been accordingly synthesized such as linear and star shape di- and triblock copolymers. Their (co)-micellization has been studied in terms of size, particle shape (DLS, TEM) and stealth behavior. Besides, thermo-responsive copolymers combining PEO, polyacrylic acid and poly-N-isopropyl-acrylamide have been synthesized and found efficient in stabilizing stealthy magnetic nanoparticles promising for thermally triggered release of drugs during hyperthermia. [less ▲]

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See detailMacromolecular engineering of cyclic aliphatic polyesters by ring-opening polymerization and "click" chemistry
Lecomte, Philippe ULg; Li, Haiying; Riva, Raphaël ULg et al

Conference (2007, September 04)

The last decades have witnessed a steadily increasing progress in the macromolecular engineering of the main families of synthetic polymers. Ring-shaped copolymers show a unique topology due to the ... [more ▼]

The last decades have witnessed a steadily increasing progress in the macromolecular engineering of the main families of synthetic polymers. Ring-shaped copolymers show a unique topology due to the absence of any chain-end and exhibit distinct properties from their linear counterparts, such as glass transition temperature, order-disorder transition, reduced viscosity, lower hydrodynamic volumes. This communication aims at reporting on a novel route to biodegradable cyclic polyesters. Our strategy is based on the work of Prof. Kricheldorf who initiated the ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone by cyclic tin dialkoxides, e.g., 2,2-dibutyl-2-stanna-1,3-dioxepane (DSDOP) in order to obtain “living” macrocyclic PCL, still containing two endocyclic tin-oxygen bonds. In this work, the resumption of polymerization by a few units of ε-caprolactone substituted by an acrylic unit, e.g., 1-(2-oxooxepan-3-yl)ethyl prop- 2-enoate, followed by intramolecular photo-crosslinking of pendant unsaturations and finally by hydrolysis gave rise to macrocyclic PCL. As a rule, this strategy is very well-suited for the synthesis of high molecular weight PCL. Moreover, tin alkoxides were kept untouched after the cross-linking step and remained thus available for further macromolecular engineering. The process was extended to the synthesis of other architectures such as sun-shaped, two-tail tadpoleshaped, and eight-shaped copolyesters. The second part of the lecture, it will be shown that the copper(I)-catalyzed Huisgen’s [3+2] cycloaddition, which is the most popular “Click" reaction, is very efficient to graft alkynes, duly substituted by functional groups or chains, onto aliphatic copolyesters bearing pendant azides. Interestingly enough, mild conditions were found and no degradation was observed during the “click” derivatization of copolyesters of PCL. The “click” reactions of alkynes onto pendant azides of copolyesters of PLA, by far more sensitive than PCL, was also successfully carried out without any detectable degradation. ”Click” chemistry is very versatile because this reaction was successfully implemented to graft functional groups or chains directly onto ω-azido-ε-caprolactone, without any ring-opening of the lactone, in order to make available a new range of functional caprolactones. Finally, the “click” grafting of PEO onto the tails of tadpole-shaped copolymers will be shown to be a route to amphiphilic copolymers with an original architecture. [less ▲]

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See detailAtomic force microscopy investigation of the morphology and the biological activity of protein-modified surfaces for bio- and immunosensors
Cecchet, Francesca; Duwez, Anne-Sophie ULg; Gabriel, Sabine ULg et al

in Analytical Chemistry (2007), 79(17), 6488-6495

With the purpose of developing biosensors, the reliable proof of the biological activity of two new sensor systems was obtained by atomic force microscopy (AFM) in both the imaging and the single-molecule ... [more ▼]

With the purpose of developing biosensors, the reliable proof of the biological activity of two new sensor systems was obtained by atomic force microscopy (AFM) in both the imaging and the single-molecule force spectroscopy modes. Antigens or antibodies of pharmacological interest were grafted onto self-assembled monolayers of thiols on gold, and AFM imaging demonstrated that the grafting process produced homogeneous submonolayers of isolated proteins. The analysis of the morphology of the surfaces at the different functionalization steps allowed evaluating the protein grafting density and showed that the recognition of complementary species present in the surrounding solution occurred. Single-molecule force spectroscopy experiments between the sensing surfaces and AFM probes, onto which the complementary species were grafted, enabled a direct and rapid test of the biological activity of the sensors by investigating the interaction occurring at the level of one single ligand-receptor bond. Ellipsometry and surface plasmon resonance allowed further characterization of the sensor surfaces and confirmed that the biological recognition took place. [less ▲]

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See detailMannosylated poly(ethylene oxide)-b-Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) diblock copolymers: Synthesis, characterization, and interaction with a bacterial lectin
Rieger, Jutta ULg; Stoffelbach, François; Cui, Di et al

in Biomacromolecules (2007), 8(9), 2717-2725

A novel bioeliminable amphiphilic poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PCL) diblock copolymer end-capped by a mannose residue was synthesized by sequential controlled polymerization of ... [more ▼]

A novel bioeliminable amphiphilic poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PCL) diblock copolymer end-capped by a mannose residue was synthesized by sequential controlled polymerization of ethylene oxide and epsilon-caprolactone, followed by the coupling of a reactive mannose derivative to the PEO chain end. The anionic polymerization of ethylene oxide was first initiated by potassium 2-dimethylaminoethanolate. The ring-opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone was then initiated by the omega-hydroxy end-group of PEO previously converted into an Al alkoxide. Finally, the saccharidic end-group was attached by quaternization of the tertiary amine (alpha-end-group of the PEO-b-PCL with a brominated mannose derivative. The copolymer was fully characterized in terms of chemical composition and purity by high-resolution NMR spectroscopy and size exclusion chromatography. Furthermore, measurements with a pendant drop tensiometer showed that both the mannosylated copolymer and the non-mannosylated counterpart significantly decreased the dichloromethane/water interfacial tension. Moreover, these amphiphilic copolymers formed monodisperse spherical micelles in water with an average diameter of similar to 11 nin as measured by dynamic light scattering and cryo-transmission electron microscopy. The availability of mannose as a specific recognition site at the surface of the micelles was proved by isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC), using the BclA lectin (from Burkholderia cenocepacia), which interacts selectively with a-D-mannopyranoside derivatives. The thermodynamic parameters of the lectin/mannose interaction were extracted from the ITC data. These colloidal systems have great potential for drug targeting and vaccine delivery systems. [less ▲]

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See detailBiosensors based on electrochemically prepared polyanilines and bifunctional hybrid proteins
Faure, Emilie ULg; Halusiak, Emilie; Ruth, Nadia ULg et al

Poster (2007, August 31)

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See detailImplantable hydrogels
Zalfen, Alina; Bozukova, Dimitriya; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

Poster (2007, August 31)

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See detailTrithiocarbonate (macro) RAFt agents for the preparation of polymeric nanomaterials in homogeneous and heterogeneous media
Rieger, Jutta; Alaimo, David ULg; Carron, Amélie et al

Poster (2007, August 31)

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See detailElectrospinning and nanofibers
Sorlier, Pierre; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Mitu, Alina et al

Poster (2007, August 31)

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See detailNovel amphiphilic degradable copolymers for drug deivery systems
Van Butsele, Kathy; Freichels, Hélène ULg; Rieger, Jutta et al

Poster (2007, August 31)

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See detailMacromolecular engineering of aliphatic polyesters based on macrocyclic units
Lecomte, Philippe ULg; Li, Haiying; Riva, Raphaël ULg et al

Poster (2007, August 31)

The last decades have witnessed a steadily increasing progress in the macromolecular engineering of the main families of synthetic polymers. Ring-shaped copolymers show a unique topology due to the ... [more ▼]

The last decades have witnessed a steadily increasing progress in the macromolecular engineering of the main families of synthetic polymers. Ring-shaped copolymers show a unique topology due to the absence of any chain-end and exhibit distinct properties from their linear counterparts, such as glass transition temperature, order-disorder transition, reduced viscosity, lower hydrodynamic volumes. This communication aims at reporting on a novel route to biodegradable cyclic polyesters. Our strategy is based on the work of Prof. Kricheldorf who initiated the ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone by cyclic tin dialkoxides, e.g., 2,2-dibutyl-2-stanna-1,3-dioxepane (DSDOP) in order to obtain “living” macrocyclic PCL, still containing two endocyclic tin-oxygen bonds. In this work, the resumption of polymerization by a few units of ε-caprolactone substituted by an acrylic unit, e.g., 1-(2-oxooxepan-3-yl)ethyl prop-2-enoate, followed by intramolecular photo-cross-linking of pendant unsaturations and finally by hydrolysis gave rise to macrocyclic PCL. As a rule, this strategy is very well-suited for the synthesis of high molecular weight PCL. Moreover, tin alkoxides were kept untouched after the cross-linking step and remained thus available for further macromolecular engineering. The process was extended to the synthesis of other architectures such as sun-shaped, two-tail tadpole-shaped, eight-shaped and symmetrical four-tail eight-shaped copolyesters. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of "click" chemistry to the functionalization of aliphatic polyesters
Schmeits, Stephanie ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg; Zednik, Jiri et al

Poster (2007, August 31)

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See detailElectrografting method for forming and regulating a strong adherent nanostructured polymer coating
Jérôme, Robert ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Serwas, Harry ULg et al

Patent (2007)

Electrografting method for forming and regulating a strongly adherent nanostructured polymer coating onto an electro-conductive surface profile characterized in that the surface profile is regulated by ... [more ▼]

Electrografting method for forming and regulating a strongly adherent nanostructured polymer coating onto an electro-conductive surface profile characterized in that the surface profile is regulated by electrodeposition of nanometre- and/or micrometre-scale nuclei onto the surface profile prior to or simultaneously to the formation of the polymer coating. [less ▲]

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See detailImproved performances of intraocular lenses by poly(ethylene glycol) chemical coatings
Bozukova, Dimitriya ULg; Pagnoulle, Christophe; Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg et al

in Biomacromolecules (2007), 8(8), 2379-2387

Cataract surgery is a routine ophthalmologic intervention resulting in replacement of the opacified natural lens by a polymeric intraocular lens (IOL). A main postoperative complication, as a result of ... [more ▼]

Cataract surgery is a routine ophthalmologic intervention resulting in replacement of the opacified natural lens by a polymeric intraocular lens (IOL). A main postoperative complication, as a result of protein adsorption and lens epithelial cell (LEC) adhesion, growth, and proliferation, is the secondary cataract, referred to as posterior capsular opacification (PCO). To avoid PCO formation, a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chemical coating was created on the surface of hydrogel IOLs. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, “captive bubble” and “water droplet” contact angle measurements, and atomic force microscopy analyses proved the covalent grafting of the PEG chains on the IOL surface while keeping unchanged the optical properties of the initial material. A strong decrease of protein adsorption and cell adhesion depending on the molar mass of the grafted PEG (1100, 2000, and 5000 g/mol) was observed by performing the relevant in vitro tests with green fluorescent protein and LECs, respectively. Thus, the study provides a facile method for developing materials with nonfouling properties, particularly IOLs. [less ▲]

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See detailPEGylated PLGA-based nanoparticles targeting M cells for oral vaccination
Garinot, Marie; Fievez, Virginie; Pourcelle, Vincent et al

in Journal of Controlled Release (2007), 120(3), 195-204

To improve the efficiency of orally delivered vaccines, PEGylated PLGA-based nanoparticles displaying RGD molecules at their surface were designed to target human M cells. RGD grafting was performed by an ... [more ▼]

To improve the efficiency of orally delivered vaccines, PEGylated PLGA-based nanoparticles displaying RGD molecules at their surface were designed to target human M cells. RGD grafting was performed by an original method called "photografting" which covalently linked RGD peptides mainly on the PEG moiety of the PCL-PEG, included in the formulation. First, three non-targeted formulations with size and zeta potential adapted to M cell uptake and stable in gastro-intestinal fluids, were developed. Their transport by an in vitro model of the human Follicle associated epithelium (co-cultures) was largely increased as compared to mono-cultures (Caco-2 cells). RGD-labelling of nanoparticles significantly increased their transport by co-cultures. due to interactions between the RGD ligand and the I intregrins detected at the apical surface of co-cultures. In vivo studies demonstrated that RGD-labelled nanoparticles particularly concentrated in M cells. Finally, ovalbumin-loaded nanoparticles were orally administrated to mice and induced an IgG response, attesting antigen ability to elicit an immune response after oral delivery. [less ▲]

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See detailOne-step polymer grafting from silicon nitride SPM probes: From isolated chains to brush regime
Gabriel, Sabine ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (2007), 129(27), 8410

We show that a reactive polymer can be directly grafted from commercial Si3Nx SPM tips, without any intermediate layer. The conditions can be chosen to achieve either an isolated mushroom regime, with ... [more ▼]

We show that a reactive polymer can be directly grafted from commercial Si3Nx SPM tips, without any intermediate layer. The conditions can be chosen to achieve either an isolated mushroom regime, with only one or a few chains accessible at the tip apex, or a brush regime. [less ▲]

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