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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Mao CY, Xie XZ, Liu XM, Cui ZD, Yang XJ, Yeung KWK, Pan HB, Chu PK, Wu SL
Article Title: The controlled drug release by pH-sensitive molecularly imprinted nanospheres for enhanced antibacterial activity.
Publication date: 2017
Journal: Materials Science and Engineering: C
Volume: 77
Page numbers: 84-91.
DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2017.03.259
Alternative URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0928493117304800

Abstract: In this study, we prepared pH-sensitive hybrid nanospheres through the implementation of a facile molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) technique combined with a UV-initiated precipitation polymerization method using vancomycin (VA) for the templates. During the course of this investigation, both 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and 2-(diethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DEAEMA) were utilized as the functional monomers, while ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) was used as a cross-linker. The obtained MIP nanospheres exhibited well-controlled particle size, with a drug loading capacity of about 17%, much higher than that of the non-imprinted polymer (NIP) nanospheres (5%). In addition, the VA loading quantity was closely correlated with the dosage of the cross-linking agent, and the MIP nanospheres exhibited a slower and more controlled VA release rate than the NIP nanospheres. Moreover, these MIP nanospheres were sensitive to pH values, and consequently showed an increasing release rate of VA as the pH level was decreased. The VA-loaded MIP nanospheres showed the higher antibacterial ratio of over 92% against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) while the NIP nanospheres were friendly to S. aureus. These MIP nanospheres can be promising for targeting drug delivery system to achieve specific therapies such as preventing bacterial infections and killing cancer cells without damaging health cells and tissues
Template and target information: vancomycin, VA
Author keywords: pH-sensitive, Molecularly imprinted nanospheres, polymerization, drug delivery, Antibacterial

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