colloidal drug carriers
Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Plasma protein adsorption patterns on colloidal drug carriers acquired after iv administration depend on their surface characteristics and are regarded as key factors for their in vivo organ distribution. Polymeric latex particles with strongly differing surface properties were synthesized as models for colloidal drug carriers for tissue-specific drug targeting via the intravenous route. Physicochemical characterization was performed for size, surface charge density, zeta potential, and surface hydrophobicity. The interactions with human plasma proteins were studied by way of two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE). Considerable differences in protein adsorption on the latex particles were detected with regard to the total amount of surface-bound protein on the various particle types as well as specific proteins adsorbed, for example, fibrinogen, albumin, and a recently identified plasma glycoprotein. Possible correlations between protein adsorption patterns and the physicochemical characteristics and topography of the polymeric surfaces are shown and discussed. Knowledge about protein-nanoparticle interactions can be utilized for the rational design of colloidal drug carriers and also may be useful for optimizing implants and medical devices. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res, 39, 478-485, 1998.
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