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Synthesis of a Block Copolymer Exhibiting Cell-Responsive Phytochemical Release for Cancer Therapy

Padmavathy, Nagarajan and Das Ghosh, Lopamudra and Meka, Sai Rama Krishna and Chatterjee, Kaushik (2018) Synthesis of a Block Copolymer Exhibiting Cell-Responsive Phytochemical Release for Cancer Therapy. In: ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 10 (26). pp. 21816-21824.

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.8b03521


Phytochemicals constitute a promising class of therapeutics for the treatment of various diseases, but, their delivery poses significant challenges. In this work, a nanoscale polyactive emulsion was designed for smart, cell-responsive delivery of a curcumin prodrug (curcumin dicarboxylate, CDA) that was chemically conjugated to enzymatically labile oligo-peptides with polycaprolactone (PCL) as the carrier. Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-sensitive (PLGLYAL) or nonsensitive (GPYYPLG) peptides were used as spacers for conjugating CDA and PCL. This CDA nanoemulsion incorporating the MMP-sensitive sequence exhibited markedly higher anti-cancer activity, cell internalization, and generation of reactive oxygen species in cancer cells in vitro than the control with the nonsensitive oligopeptide. Moreover, the nanopolyactives induced minimal cytotoxicity in noncancerous cell line. This work presents a unique strategy to engineer smart nano-polyactives for efficient and targeted delivery of phytochemicals.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belong to AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 1155 16TH ST, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
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Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2018 15:28
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2018 15:28
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/60334

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