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Biomacromolecules. 2005 Jul-Aug;6(4):2343-51.

Novel fast degradable thermosensitive polymeric micelles based on PEG-block-poly(N-(2-hydroxyethyl)methacrylamide-oligolactates).

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  • 1Department of Pharmaceutics, Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80.082, 3508TB, Utrecht, The Netherlands.


The aim of this study was to design a thermosensitive polymeric micelle system with a relatively fast degradation time of around 1 day. These micelles are of interest for the (targeted) delivery of biologically active molecules. Therefore, N-(2-hydroxyethyl)methacrylamide-oligolactates (HEMAm-Lac(n)()) were synthesized and used as building blocks for biodegradable (block co) polymers. p(HEMAm-Lac(2)) is a thermosensitive polymer with a cloud point (CP) of 22 degrees C which could be lowered by copolymerization with HEMAm-Lac(4). The block copolymer PEG-b-((80%HEMAm-Lac(2))-(20%HEMAm-Lac(4))) self-assembled into compact spherical micelles with an average size of 80 nm above the CP of the thermosensitive block (6 degrees C). Under physiological conditions (pH 7.4; 37 degrees C), the micelles started to swell after 4 h and were fully destabilized within 8 h due to hydrolysis of the lactate side chains. Rapidly degrading thermosensitive polymeric micelles based on PEG-b-((80%HEMAm-Lac(2))-(20%HEMAm-Lac(4))) have attractive features as a (targeted) drug carrier system for therapeutic applications.

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