Chen, M.; Feng, X.; Xu, W.; Wang, Y.; Yang, Y.; Jiang, Z.; Ding, J. PEGylated Polyurea Bearing Hindered Urea Bond for Drug Delivery. Molecules2019, 24, 1538.
Chen, M.; Feng, X.; Xu, W.; Wang, Y.; Yang, Y.; Jiang, Z.; Ding, J. PEGylated Polyurea Bearing Hindered Urea Bond for Drug Delivery. Molecules 2019, 24, 1538.
In recent years, polyureas with dynamic hindered urea bonds (HUBs), as a class of promising biomedical polymers, have attracted attention as a benefit of their controlled hydrolytic property. The effect of the chemical structures on the properties of polyureas and their assemblies was rarely reported. In this study, four kinds of polyureas with different chemical groups have been synthesized, and the polyurea from cyclohexyl diisocyanate and tert-butyl diamine showed the fastest hydrolytic rate. The amphiphilic polyurea composed of hydrophobic cyclohexyl-tert-butyl polyurea and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) was synthesized for controlled delivery of antitumor drug paclitaxel (PTX). The PTX-loaded PEGylated polyurea micelle more effectively entered into the murine breast cancer 4T1 cells and inhibited the corresponding tumor growth in vitro and in vivo. Therefore, the PEGylated polyurea with adjustable degradation might be a promising polymer matrix for drug delivery.
amphiphilc copolymer; hydrolyzable polyurea; micelle; controlled drug delivery; cancer chemotherapy
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