[en] Functionalized poly-ε-caprolactone-block-polyethyleneglycol (PCL-PEG) amphiphilic copolymers were prepared to be constituents of nanocarriers used for the targeting of specific cells. Hence, we conceived a smooth and simple photografting methodology on these copolymers using a bifunctional molecular clip (O-succinimidyl-4-(p-azido-phenyl)butanoate). We prepared PCL-PEGs with pendent N-hydroxysuccinimide esters and studied the grafting with 3H-lysine, which radioactivity was counted by LSC. Several parameters were investigated, such as behavior of homopolymers, initial concentrations, irradiation, and incubation durations. Evidences of a “PEG directed photografting” are discussed and this selectivity could be improved by a selective solvent technique. The photografting on different PCL-PEGs revealed a dependency of the rates to the crystallinity of the copolymers. Several controls by SEC, DLS, and TEM of the treated copolymers were realized. Lastly, the coupling of α-d-mannopyranoside ligand was performed, reaching amounts of 5400 nmol/g of PCL-PEG. This derivatized PCL-PEG enters in the preparation of nanocarriers used for the targeting of antigen presenting cells.
Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM)
The "Région Wallonne" in the frame of the program "VACCINOR" ; Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS ; Politique Scientifique Fédérale (Belgique) = Belgian Federal Science Policy ; The "CGRI-FNRS-CNRS" cooperation program