JOURNAL OF MICROENCAPSULATION, vol.37, no.7, pp.467-480, 2020 (SCI-Expanded)
Aims This study was conducted to evaluate block copolymers containing two different poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) amounts, as new pH-sensitive micellar delivery systems for doxorubicin. Methods Micelles were prepared with block copolymers consisting of poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline)-co-poly(ethyleneimine) (PEtOx-co-PEI) and poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) as hydrophilic and hydrophobic blocks, respectively. Doxorubicin loading, micelle size, pH-dependent drug release, and in vitro cytotoxicity on MCF-7 cells were investigated. Results The average size of drug-loaded micelles was under 100 nm and drug loading was between 10.7% and 48.3% (w/w). pH-sensitive drug release was more pronounced (84.7% and 68.9% (w/w) of drug was released at pH 5.0 and pH 7.4, respectively) for the micelles of the copolymer with the lowest PEI amount. The cell viability of doxorubicin-loaded micelles which were prepared by the copolymer with the lowest PEI amount was 28-33% at 72 h. Conclusions PEtOx-co-PEI-b-PCL micelles of this copolymer were found to be stable and effective pH-sensitive nano-sized carriers for doxorubicin delivery.