Thermogelling poly(ethylene oxide-b-propylene oxide-b-ethylene oxide) disulfide multiblock copolymer as a thiol-sensitive degradable polymer

Kyung Hwa Sun, Youn Soo Sohn, Byeongmoon Jeong

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Abstract

We report a reverse thermogelling poly(ethylene oxide-b-propylene oxide-b-ethylene oxide) disulfide multiblock copolymer as a thiol-sensitive biodegradable polymer. The poly(ethylene oxide-b-propylene oxide-b-ethylene oxide) aqueous solutions studied in this research underwent sol-gel-sol or sol-gel-sol-gel transition depending on the molecular weight and concentration of the polymer, whereas the corresponding disulfide multiblock copolymer aqueous solutions underwent sol-gel transition as the temperature increased in a range of 0-60 °C. The hydrophobic dye solubilization and dynamic light scattering of the polymer aqueous solution suggest that the poly(ethylene oxide-b-propylene oxide-b-ethylene oxide)s undergo unimer (3 nm) to micelle (12 nm) transition, whereas the disulfide multiblock copolymers undergo unimer (6 mn) to aggregated polymer (600 nm) transition as the temperature increases. The gel duration increased from 6 h (poly(ethylene oxide-b-propylene oxide-b-ethylene oxide)) to more than 12 days (the corresponding disulfide multiblock copolymer) in phosphate buffer saline, and the gel duration of the latter depended on the glutathione concentration of the medium. The model drug, paclitaxel, was released from the in-situ-formed poly(ethylene oxide-b-propylene oxide-b-ethylene oxide) disulfide multiblock copolymer get in a glutathione concentration-sensitive manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2871-2877
Number of pages7
JournalBiomacromolecules
Volume7
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006

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