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Appl Radiat Isot. 2013 Oct;80:88-94. doi: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2013.05.011. Epub 2013 Jun 7.

A pharmacokinetics study of radiolabeled micelles of a poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(caprolactone) copolymer in a colon carcinoma-bearing mouse model.

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  • 1Department of Biomedical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.


A copolymer of poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(caprolactone) (PEG-PCL) was modified with a benzyl moiety and labeled with I-131. A micelle system, (131)I-benzyl-micelles, formed from (131)I-benzyl-PEG-PCL and PEG-PCL-PC, was created and used for in vitro characterization and in vivo evaluation. Administration of (131)I-benzyl-micelles to a colon carcinoma-bearing mouse model gives a 4.9-fold higher tumor-to-muscle ratio at 48 h post-injection than treatment with the unimer (131)I-benzyl-PEG-PCL. Scintigraphic imaging, biodistribution results and pharmacokinetical evaluation all demonstrated that (131)I-benzyl-micelles are a plausible radioactive surrogate for PEG-PCL copolymer micelles. Modifying the amphiphilic copolymer with a benzyl moiety and labeled it with iodine-131 should make possible the real-time and noninvasive evaluation of the pharmacokinetics of copolymer micelles in vivo.

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Nanoscale drug carrier; Pharmacokinetics; Radiolabeled micelle; Scintigraphic imaging

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