Core cross-linked block ionomer micelles as pH-responsive carriers for cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II)

Hardeep S. Oberoi, Frederic C. Laquer, Luis A. Marky, Alexander V. Kabanov, Tatiana K. Bronich

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Benefits of the frequently prescribed platinum (II) chemotherapy drugs are compromised by undesirable side effects, poor pharmacokinetics and development of drug resistance. Polymer micelles derived from amphiphillic block copolymers, offer a novel macromolecular platform for carrier based delivery of such compounds. Soft polymeric nanocarriers were synthesized by template-assisted method involving condensation of the poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polymethacrylate anions by metal ions into core-shell block ionomer complex micelles followed by chemical cross-linking of the polyion chains in the micelle cores. The resulting micelles can efficiently incorporate cisplatin with a high loading capacity (up to 42% w/w). Core cross-linking stabilized the micelles against structural disintegration and prevented premature drug release. The reversible cisplatin entrapment involved the carboxylate groups of the micellar core. The drug was released in a pH-responsive manner, without loss of its biological activity. The stable cross-linked polymer micelles can potentially improve platinum (II) drug disposition with improved therapeutic potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-72
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Controlled Release
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 15 2011


  • Block copolymers
  • Cisplatin
  • Cross-linking
  • Drug delivery
  • Micelle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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