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Targeted Soft Biodegradable Glycine/PEG/RGD-Modified Poly(methacrylic acid) Nanobubbles as Intelligent Theranostic Vehicles for Drug Delivery

Targeted Soft Biodegradable Glycine/PEG/RGD-Modified Poly(methacrylic acid) Nanobubbles as Intelligent Theranostic Vehicles for Drug Delivery
Yongjing Li, Zihao Zhang, Jia Guo, Changchun Wang, Jiaxun Wan
The development of multifunctional ultrasound contrast agents has inspired considerable interest in the application of biomedical imaging and anticancer therapeutics. However, combining multiple components that can preferentially accumulate in tumors in a nanometer scale poses one of the major challenges in targeting drug delivery for theranostic application. Herein, reflux-precipitation polymerization, and N-(3-(dimethylamino)propyl)-N′-ethylcarbodiimide-meditated amidation reaction were introduced to effectively generate a new type of soft glycine/poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)/RGD-modified poly(methacrylic acid) nanobubbles with a uniform morphology and desired particle size (less than 100 nm). Because of the enhanced biocompatibility resulting from the glycine modification, over 80% of the cells survived, even though the dosage of glycine-modified polymeric nanobubbles was up to 5 mg/mL. By loading doxorubicin as an anticancer drug and perfluorohexane as an ultrasound probe, the resulting glycine/PEG/RGD-modified nanobubbles showed remarkable cancer therapeutic efficacy and a high quality of ultrasonic imaging; thus, the ultrasonic signal exhibited a 1.47-fold enhancement at the tumor site after intravenous injection. By integrating diagnostic and therapeutic functions into a single nanobubble, the new type of theranostic nanobubbles offers a promising strategy to monitor the therapeutic effects, giving important insights into the ultrasound-traced and enhanced targeting drug delivery in biomedical applications.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b11392

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b11392

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