Folate (FA) conjugated tri-block copolymers were prepared by bioconjugation of poly ε-caprolactone diol and various molecular weights of diamine polyethylene glycol. The synthetic tri-block copolymers were characterized by 1H-NMR. Three types of nanoparticles were prepared by nanoprecipitation. Their size and morphology were verified by laser scattering and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. The colloidal stability of the nanoparticles was evaluated by turbidity test. The anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) was encapsulated in the nanoparticles during preparation. Drug loading amounts and release behavior from prepared nanoparticles were investigated. Fluorescent-activated cell sorting analysis and epi-fluorescencic microscopic imaging of prepared nanoparticles exhibited good cellular uptake against target cells. FA receptor expressed OVCAR3 cells that showed higher mean fluorescence intensity than FA receptor defect A549 cells at specific polyethylene glycol chain lengths. The cell cytotoxicity of prepared nanoparticles was evaluated for receptor mediated drug delivery.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ceramics and Composites
- Biomedical Engineering
- Metals and Alloys