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Enhancement of the Targeting Capabilities of the Paclitaxel-Loaded Pluronic Nanoparticles with a Glycol Chitosan/Heparin Composite

An enhancement of tumor-targeting capability was demonstrated with paclitaxel (PTX)-loaded Pluronic nanoparticles (NPs) with immobilized glycol chitosan and heparin. The PTX-loaded Pluronic NPs were prepared as described in our previous report by means of a temperature-induced phase transition in a mixture of Pluronic F-68 and liquid polyethylene glycol (PEG; molecular weight: 400) containing PTX. The liquid PEG is used as the solubilizer of PTX, and Pluronic F-68 is the polymer that encapsulates the PTX. The glycol chitosan and heparin were immobilized on the surface of the Pluronic NPs in an aqueous medium, and a powdery form of the glycol chitosan/heparin immobilized Pluronic NPs (composite NPs) was obtained by freeze-drying. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and a particle size analyzer were used to observe the morphology and size distribution of the prepared NPs. To apply the composite NPs as a delivery system for the model anticancer drug PTX, the release pattern and pharmacokinetic parame...

Authors:   Soon Hong Yuk; Keun Sang Oh; Sun Hang Cho; Sang Yoon Kim; Sangkwon Oh; Jin Ho Lee; Kwangmeyung Kim; Ick Chan Kwon
Journal:   Molecular Pharmaceutics
Year:   2011
DOI:   10.1021/mp200278s
Publication date:   23-Dec-2011
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