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Thermoresponsive hydrogels based on sucrose 1-O′-methacrylate and N-isopropylacrylamide: Synthesis, properties, and applications

Thermoresponsive hydrogels based on sucrose 1-O′-methacrylate and N-isopropylacrylamide: Synthesis, properties, and applications
Rafael Natal Lima de Menezes, Maria Isabel Felisberti, Ana Paula Rodrigues Camilo
Chemically crosslinked hydrogels composed of carbohydrate-based and thermoresponsive monomers, sucrose 1-O′-methacrylate (SMA), sucrose dimethacrylate, and N-isopropylacrylamide, respectively, were synthesized by free radical polymerization. These materials were characterized with respect to their composition, thermoresponsiveness, porosity, degradability, and as drug and protein delivery systems. Swelling studies, thermomechanical analysis, and differential scanning calorimetry showed that the lower critical solution temperature behavior of the hydrogels can be controlled by the SMA amount in the copolymers. On the other hand, thermoporometry showed that the pore size is somewhat dependent on the composition, which is confirmed by scanning electron microscopy. Hydrolytic degradation studies indicated that SMA side chains, as well as the crosslinker (sucrose dimethacrylate), are hydrolysable at corporeal temperature and pH 10, and the water swelling capability of the resulting materials increases as the hydrolysis degree increases. Finally, protein delivery studies revealed that the kinetics of release can be tailored by the copolymer composition. The results of this study suggest the potential application of these hydrogels in drug delivery systems and tissue engineering. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2017, 134, 45495.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/app.45495

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