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Folate-conjugated and pH-responsive polymeric micelles for target-cell-specific anticancer drug delivery

Folate-conjugated and pH-responsive polymeric micelles for target-cell-specific anticancer drug delivery
In this study, we developed a folate (FA)-conjugated and pH-responsive active targeting micellar system for anti-cancer drug delivery. In this system, FA was attached to the terminal of the hydrophilic segment of poly(lactic acid)–poly(L-lysine) (PLA–PLL), and PLL was modified by a citric acid group. The FA receptor-mediated active targeting and electrostatic interaction between micelles and cell membrane due to a negative-to-positive charge reversal was combined in one micellar anti-cancer drug delivery system to enhance the tumour targeting and cellular internalisation of micelles. In vitro and in vivo anti-cancer studies demonstrated that the doxorubicin-loaded, FA-conjugated and pH-responsive polymeric micelles possess an enhanced and effective cancer efficiency. Statement of significance Negatively charged nano-carriers prolonged anti-cancer drugs’ blood circulation. However it is difficult to be internalised. Therefore, a negative-to-positive charged micelle surface could improve selectivity for tumour cells and increase uptake chance. In this study, we developed a folate (FA)-conjugated and pH-responsive active targeting micellar system for anti-cancer drug delivery. The FA receptor-mediated active targeting and electrostatic interaction between micelles and cell membrane due to a negative-to-positive charge reversal was combined in one micellar anti-cancer drug delivery system to enhance the tumour targeting and cellular internalisation of micelles. In vitro and in vivo anti-cancer studies demonstrated that the doxorubicin-loaded, FA-conjugated and pH-responsive polymeric micelles possess an enhanced and effective cancer efficiency.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S1742706117304555

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