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Challenges for the Self-Assembly of Poly(Ethylene Glycol)-Poly(Lactic Acid) (PEG-PLA) into Polymersomes: Beyond the Theoretical Paradigms

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Apolinario, Alexsandra Conceicao [1] ; Magon, Monika S. [2, 3] ; Pessoa Jr, Adalberto ; Rangel-Yagui, Carlota de Oliveira [4]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Sch Pharmaceut Sci, Dept Biochem & Pharmaceut Technol, Av Prof Lineu Prestes 580-B1-16, BR-05508000 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] UCL, Dept Chem, Christopher Ingold Bldg, 20 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AJ - England
[3] Univ St Andrews, Sch Biol, BSRC Complex, St Andrews KY16 9ST, Fife - Scotland
[4] Pessoa Jr, Jr., Adalberto, Univ Sao Paulo, Sch Pharmaceut Sci, Dept Biochem & Pharmaceut Technol, Av Prof Lineu Prestes 580-B1-16, BR-05508000 Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: NANOMATERIALS; v. 8, n. 6 JUN 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 4

Polymersomes (PL), vesicles formed by self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers, have been described as promising nanosystems for drug delivery, especially of biomolecules. The film hydration method (FH) is widely used for PL preparation, however, it often requires long hydration times and commonly results in broad size distribution. In this work, we describe the challenges of the self-assembly of poly (ethylene glycol)-poly(lactic acid) (PEG-PLA) into PL by FH exploring different hydrophilic volume fraction (f) values of this copolymer, stirring times, temperatures and post-FH steps in an attempt to reduce broad size distribution of the nanostructures. We demonstrate that, alongside f value, the methods employed for hydration and post-film steps influence the PEG-PLA self-assembly into PL. With initial FH, we found high PDI values (>0.4). However, post-hydration centrifugation significantly reduced PDI to 0.280. Moreover, extrusion at higher concentrations resulted in further improvement of the monodispersity of the samples and narrow size distribution. For PL prepared at concentration of 0.1% (m/v), extrusion resulted in the narrower size distributions corresponding to PDI values of 0.345, 0.144 and 0.081 for PEG(45)-PLA(69), PEG(114)-PLA(153) and PEG(114)-PLA(180), respectively. Additionally, we demonstrated that copolymers with smaller f resulted in larger PL and, therefore, higher encapsulation efficiency (EE%) for proteins, since larger vesicles enclose larger aqueous volumes. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/08617-7 - Production of extracellular L-asparaginase: from bioprospecting to the engineering of an antileukemic biopharmaceutical
Grantee:Adalberto Pessoa Junior
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 14/10456-4 - Development and characterization of poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether-Block-Poly (D,L-Lactide) (PEG-PLA) Polymersomes for the release of recombinant L-asparaginase
Grantee:Alexsandra Conceição Apolinário
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate