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See detailDrug delivery systems based on amphiphilic polyphosphate-copolymers
Vanslambrouck, Stéphanie ULg; Clement, Benoît ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg et al

Poster (2013, September 18)

Thanks to their biocompatibility, biodegradability and their structure similar to natural biomacromoleculesn such as nucleic acids, polyphosphates (PPhos) are of prime interest as biomaterials. In ... [more ▼]

Thanks to their biocompatibility, biodegradability and their structure similar to natural biomacromoleculesn such as nucleic acids, polyphosphates (PPhos) are of prime interest as biomaterials. In contrast to poly--caprolactone and polylactides, PPhos properties and functionality are easily tuned via the nature of the pendant group of the starting cyclic monomer. For example, by varying the length of the alkyl chain the hydrophobicity of the PPhos can be adjusted. In this work, an efficient organo-catalytic system was developed to synthesize a series of amphiphilic diblock copolymers, i.e. poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polyphosphate (PEO-b-PPhos) by ring-opening polymerization of cyclic phosphates. This novel approach prevents metallic residues to polute the final product, and which is highly desirable when biomedical applications are foreseen. For drug delivery application, the micellization of these novel diblock copolymers in aqueous media was investigated, as well as, encapsulation of an hydrophobic drug. Data on, the influence of the polyphosphate nature of the polymer on drug loading will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailPréparation de nouveaux copolymères amphiphiles mannosylés d'architecture greffée et caractérisation par QCM-D
Freichels, Hélène ULg; Broze, Guy; Alaimo, David ULg et al

Conference (2009, October 14)

Durant les dernières décennies, le domaine pharmaceutique s’est intéressé aux micelles et nanoparticules polymères celles-ci pouvant être utilisées comme vecteurs à libération contrôlée. Dans ce domaine ... [more ▼]

Durant les dernières décennies, le domaine pharmaceutique s’est intéressé aux micelles et nanoparticules polymères celles-ci pouvant être utilisées comme vecteurs à libération contrôlée. Dans ce domaine, des copolymères amphiphiles combinant le poly(oxyde d’éthylène) (POE), polymère possédant des propriétés répulsives vis-à-vis des protéines plasmiques, et la poly-epsilon-caprolactone (PCL), un polyester aliphatique, polymère hydrophobe biocompatible et biodégradable permettant l’incorporation d’un principe actif hydrophobe, sont d’excellents candidats pour cette d’application. Jusqu’à présent, ce type de copolymère amphiphile principalement étudié est d’architecture linéaire. Récemment, notre laboratoire a développé une stratégie permettant la préparation de nouveaux copolymères greffés, composés d’un squelette principal de PCL et de greffons de POE. De plus, des agents de ciblage peuvent être introduits à l’extrémité du POE de ces copolymères amphiphiles, faisant de ceux-ci des candidats idéaux comme vecteur de troisième génération, permettant un ciblage spécifique au sein même de l’organisme. Le mannose est un agent intéressant, car il est reconnu à la surface des cellules dendritiques. Dans ce travail, la préparation de copolymères greffés fonctionnalisés par du mannose est décrite. La présence de mannose à la surface des micelles a d’abord été mise en évidence par test ELLA (Enzyme Linked Lectin Assay). Ensuite une étude plus approfondie a été réalisée par QCM-D (Microbalance à Cristal de Quartz avec Dissipation). Cette technique originale permet de mettre en évidence l’interaction entre la lectine immobilisée sur la surface du cristal de la microbalance et le mannose exposés à la périphérie des micelles du copolymère. [less ▲]

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See detailNew fluorinated surfactants for nanogels preparation
Alaimo, David ULg; Rieger, Jutta; Beigbeder, Alexandre et al

Conference (2009, June 18)

A series of novel fluorinated amphiphilic stabilizers of different architecture (diblock, grafted, or palm tree copolymers) were successfully prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer ... [more ▼]

A series of novel fluorinated amphiphilic stabilizers of different architecture (diblock, grafted, or palm tree copolymers) were successfully prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer and used as stabilizers for the dispersion polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) in fluorinated solvent, namely alpha,alpha,alpha-trifluorotoluene (TFT). The effect of the amount and the architecture of the copolymer on the size and the stabilization of the particles was studied. Whatever the experimental conditions, scanning electron microscopy showed the formation of submicronic (typically about 300 nm) spherical particles, with a narrow size distribution. The principal difference emerges from the concentration of surfactant. Indeed, at higher copolymer concentration, smaller and less aggregated particles were produced. These results were confirmed by dynamic light scattering but these measurements also revealed the presence of larger aggregates (1,5 micrometer). Furthermore, the surfactant properties of the copolymers were investigated by measuring the interfacial tension at the H2O/TFT interface, and the results were correlated to their stabilizing efficiency in the dispersion polymerization of HEMA. [less ▲]

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See detailNew fluorinated surfactant for nanogels preparation
Alaimo, David ULg; Rieger, Jutta; Beigbeder, Alexandre et al

Conference (2009, March 19)

A series of novel fluorinated amphiphilic stabilizers of different architecture (diblock, grafted, or palm tree copolymers) were successfully prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer ... [more ▼]

A series of novel fluorinated amphiphilic stabilizers of different architecture (diblock, grafted, or palm tree copolymers) were successfully prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer and used as stabilizers for the dispersion polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) in fluorinated solvent, namely alpha,alpha,alpha-trifluorotoluene (TFT). The effect of the amount and the architecture of the copolymer on the size and the stabilization of the particles was studied. Whatever the experimental conditions, scanning electron microscopy showed the formation of submicronic (typically about 300 nm) spherical particles, with a narrow size distribution. The principal difference emerges from the concentration of surfactant. Indeed, at higher copolymer concentration, smaller and less aggregated particles were produced. These results were confirmed by dynamic light scattering but these measurements also revealed the presence of larger aggregates (1,5 micrometer). Furthermore, the surfactant properties of the copolymers were investigated by measuring the interfacial tension at the H2O/TFT interface, and the results were correlated to their stabilizing efficiency in the dispersion polymerization of HEMA. [less ▲]

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