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pH-sensitive micellar systems for controlled drug delivery: synthesis and structural characterization by small-angle neutron scattering
Joset, Arnaud [University of Liège (ULg) > Department of Chemistry > Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM) and Molecular Dynamics Laboratory > >]
Jérôme, Christine mailto [University of Liège (ULg) > Department of Chemistry > Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM) > >]
Brulet, Annie [Laboratoire Léon brillouin, (CNRS-CEA), CEA Saclay, Gif sur Yvette, France > > > >]
Leyh, Bernard mailto [University of Liège (ULg) > Department of Chemistry > Molecular Dynamics Laboratory > >]
Journées Rencontres des Jeunes Chimistes 6eme édition
19/03/2009 - 20/03/2009
Comité des Jeunes Chimistes de la Société Royale de Chimie (SRC)
[en] self-assembly in solution ; micelle ; small angle neutron scattering (SANS)
[en] The aim of the project is the preparation of micellar nanocarriers made of biocompatibles copolymers and their structural analysis by Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS). These micelles could be used in drug delivery applications to fight cancer1. The hydrophobic polycaprolactone (PCL) core is intended to incorporate the drug. The corona of hydrophilic polyethylene oxide (PEO) stabilizes the nanocarriers with respect to the plasma proteins. The pH in the neighborhood of the tumoral cells is lower than in the healthy cells. We incorporated a pH-sensitive sequence of poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP). As a result, these micelles are expected to deliver their drug near the cancerous cells without affecting the healthy cells. When the pH is acidic, the P2VP is protonated and the chains are repulsive. The micellar size is then larger than in basic pH, when the P2VP is precipitated on the PCL core. We prepared PCL65-b-P2VP31 / PCL65-b-PEO114 and PCL32-b-P2VP52 / PCL36-b-PEO114 50:50 mixtures of diblocks copolymers. The resulting mixed micelles are analyzed by SANS. We developed a theoretical model with a spherical water-free PCL core. The PEO corona is described as consisting of gaussian chains with a thickness estimated as twice the chain gyration radius, Rg. We propose two alternatives for handling the P2VP zone. The P2VP molecules are either assumed to be Gaussian chains or they fill a shell of thickness L with possible water penetration.The fitting of the models to the experimental scattering cross sections leads to important structural parameters like the aggregation number, the core radius, the gyration radius and the thickness of the P2VP shell.
Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM)

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