Scientific article

Cellular Uptake of PEO Surface-Modified Nanoparticles: Evaluation of Nanoparticles Made of PLA : PEO Diblock and Triblock Copolymers

Published inJournal of drug targeting, vol. 8, no. 3, p. 143-153
Publication date2008-10-20
First online date2008-10-20

Nanoparticles with either physically adsorbed or covalently bound poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) coatings were produced from various combinations of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and diblock or triblock copolymers of PLA and PEO. The particles were produced by the salting-out process and purified by the cross-flow filtration technique. The amount of PEO at the nanoparticle surface, as well as the residual amount of emulsifier polyvinyl alcohol) were assessed, with a good correlation with expected values. Stability of the nanoparticulate suspensions was studied at 4°C and after freezing under various conditions for up to 6 months. The nanoparticle redispersibility after storage was related to the thermal behavior of the PEO coatings. The in vitro cellular uptake of the different types of nanoparticles was compared by flow cytometry after incubation with human monocytes in serum and in plasma. The influence of the PEO molecular weight and surface density on the particle uptake was especially marked for the diblock and triblock copolymer formulations, with a decrease in uptake of up to 65% with one of the diblock copolymer formulations. Nanoparticles made of triblock copolymer with short PEO chains at their surface in the postulated “loop conformation” proved to be as resistant to cellular uptake as nanoparticles made of diblock copolymers with PEO chains in the “brush conformation”.

  • Nanoparticles
  • Poly(lactic acid)
  • Block copolymer
  • Cellular uptake
  • Flow cytometry
  • Poly(ethylene oxide)
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DE JAEGHERE, Fanny et al. Cellular Uptake of PEO Surface-Modified Nanoparticles: Evaluation of Nanoparticles Made of PLA : PEO Diblock and Triblock Copolymers. In: Journal of drug targeting, 2008, vol. 8, n° 3, p. 143–153. doi: 10.3109/10611860008996860
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