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Folic Acid Decorated β-Cyclodextrin-Based Poly(ε-Caprolactone)/Dextran Star Polymer with Disulfide Bond-Linker as Theranostic Nanoparticle for Tumor-Targeted MRI and Chemotherapy

Version 1 : Received: 11 October 2021 / Approved: 13 October 2021 / Online: 13 October 2021 (11:00:40 CEST)

How to cite: Yang, H.; Wang, N.; Yang, R.; Zhang, L.; Jiang, X. Folic Acid Decorated β-Cyclodextrin-Based Poly(ε-Caprolactone)/Dextran Star Polymer with Disulfide Bond-Linker as Theranostic Nanoparticle for Tumor-Targeted MRI and Chemotherapy. Preprints 2021, 2021100196 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0196.v1). Yang, H.; Wang, N.; Yang, R.; Zhang, L.; Jiang, X. Folic Acid Decorated β-Cyclodextrin-Based Poly(ε-Caprolactone)/Dextran Star Polymer with Disulfide Bond-Linker as Theranostic Nanoparticle for Tumor-Targeted MRI and Chemotherapy. Preprints 2021, 2021100196 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0196.v1).

Abstract

β-cyclodextrin-based star polymers have attracted much interest because of their unique structures and potential biomedical and biological applications. Herein, we synthesized well-defined folic acid (FA)-conjugated and disulfide bond-linked star polymer ((FA-Dex-SS)-βCD-(PCL)14) acted as theranostic nanoparticles for tumor-targeted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and chemotherapy. Theranostic nanoparticles were obtained by loading doxorubicin (DOX) and superparamagnetic iron oxide particles (SPIO) were loaded into the star polymer nanoparticles to obtain ((FA-Dex-SS)-βCD-(PCL)[email protected]/SPIO) theranostic nanoparticles. In vitro drug release studies showed that approximately 100% of the DOX was released from disulfide bond-linked theranostic nanoparticles within 24 h under a reducing environment in the presence of 10.0 mM GSH. DOX and SPIO could be delivered into HepG2 cells efficiently, owing to folate receptor-mediated endocytosis process of the nanoparticles and GSH triggered disulfide-bonds cleaving.Moreover, (FA-Dex-SS)-βCD-(PCL)[email protected]/SPIO showed strong MRI contrast enhancement properties. In conclusion, folate-decorated reduction-sensitive star polymeric nanoparticles are a potential theranostic nanoparticle candidate for tumor-targeted MRI and chemotherapy.

Keywords

star polymer; β-cyclodextrin; tumor-targeted; disulfide bond; theranostic nanoparticles

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