Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
This work describes the formation of discrete micelles (⋍ 0.1 μm) from ABA poly(oxyethylene-b-isoprene-b-oxyethylene) block copolymers in water. An efficient labeling of the micelles by polymerization of [14C]-styrene within the hydrophobic core is also described. These micellar nanoparticles are being considered as promising materials for controlled release and/or site-specific drug delivery systems. In experimental animals the micelles remained in circulation with a half-life in excess of 50 h. Our results demonstrate the advantages of using block copolymers for the preparation of “perfect” biocompatible surfaces such as are required for well-tolerated, long-circulating particulate drug carriers.
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