Self-Assembly of Linear-Dendritic and Double Dendritic Block Copolymers: From Dendromicelles to Dendrimersomes

Journal: Macromolecules

Published: 2019-05-07

DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b00140

Affiliations: 3

Authors: 3

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Drug-delivery capsules bristle with possibilities

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© ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Tailor-made drug-delivery nanocapsules could be created using a new set of design rules.

Smart drug-delivery systems, which selectively release their therapeutic cargo at target cells, could boost drugs’ efficacy while reducing side effects.

Self-assembling nanomaterials called block copolymers have been investigated for their drug-delivery capability, but less attention has been paid to a family of polymers called dendrimers.

Whereas most polymer molecules are long, single chains, dendrimer-type polymers have a highly branched structure. This structure can result in self-assembled nanocapsules with a surface that bristles with a huge number of attachment sites for targeting groups, enhancing delivery. Alternatively — or in addition — a bristling inner surface could bind more active drug, boosting each capsule’s loading capacity.

A team led by researchers at Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University has shown that by varying the composition and structure of the initial dendrimer, these materials can be designed to self-assemble into a tailored range of structures potentially suited to different drug delivery tasks.


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  1. Macromolecules 52, 3655−3667 (2019). doi: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b00140
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Institute of Macromolecular Compounds, RAS, Russia 0.44
Institut des Sciences Analytiques et de Physico-Chimie pour l'Environment et les Matériaux (IPREM), France 0.28
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), Russia 0.28

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