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Visualization of supramolecular structure of Pluronic F127 micellar hydrogels using cryo-TEM

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Autor(es):
da Silva, Laura C. E. [1] ; Borges, Antonio C. [2] ; de Oliveira, Marcelo G. [1] ; de Farias, Marcelo A. [2]
Número total de Autores: 4
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, Univ Campinas, Inst Chem, BR-13083970 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Brazilian Ctr Res Energy & Mat CNPEM, Brazilian Nanotechnol Natl Lab LNNano, BR-13083970 Campinas, SP - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 2
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: METHODSX; v. 7, 2020.
Citações Web of Science: 0
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Pluronic (R) F127 micellar hydrogels are of growing interest to the biomedical field due to their versatility as drug delivery systems. Pluronic (R) F127 is a symmetric and amphiphilic triblock copolymer which in aqueous medium self-assembles into micelles that pack togetherwith increasing temperature or concentration, leading to non-flowable hydrogels. The microstructure of these hydrogels is usually investigated by small-angle X-ray scattering, which is not a readily available technique. Conversely, cryo-TEM is a widespread technique used for investigating the morphology of aqueous systems. In the case of Pluronic (R) F127 micellar systems, the elevated viscosity poses a significant challenge for specimen preparation and, consequently, for cryo-TEM observation. Herein, we show a trustworthy, inexpensive and readily available methodology for preparing specimens of highly viscous micellar solutions and non-flowable hydrogels using an automated vitrification system. With this methodology we were able to visualize not only the morphology of individual Pluronic (R) F127 micelles -but also the supramolecular structure evolution as a function of concentration. This methodology opens up a wide range of opportunities for hydrogel characterization, although additional systematic studies might be required in order to optimize and replicate it for similar systems. (C) 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 16/02414-5 - Biomateriais absorvíveis e tópicos para a liberação localizada de óxido nítrico
Beneficiário:Marcelo Ganzarolli de Oliveira
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Temático
Processo FAPESP: 18/14142-5 - Hidrogéis híbridos para liberação localizada e prolongada de óxido nítrico
Beneficiário:Laura Caetano Escobar da Silva
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Brasil - Pós-Doutorado