The controlled drug release by pH-sensitive molecularly imprinted nanospheres for enhanced antibacterial activity

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Author(s)

  • Congyang Mao
  • Xianzhou Xie
  • Xiangmei Liu
  • Zhenduo Cui
  • Xianjin Yang
  • K. W K Yeung
  • Haobo Pan
  • Shuilin Wu

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-91
Journal / PublicationMaterials Science and Engineering C
Volume77
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

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.

Research Area(s)

  • Antibacterial, Drug delivery, Molecularly imprinted nanospheres, pH-sensitive, Polymerization

Citation Format(s)

The controlled drug release by pH-sensitive molecularly imprinted nanospheres for enhanced antibacterial activity. / Mao, Congyang; Xie, Xianzhou; Liu, Xiangmei et al.
In: Materials Science and Engineering C, Vol. 77, 01.08.2017, p. 84-91.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review