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Current Drug Delivery


ISSN (Print): 1567-2018
ISSN (Online): 1875-5704

Research Article

pH-Sensitive Magnetite Nanoparticles Modified with Hyperbranched Polymers and Folic Acid for Targeted Imaging and Therapy

Author(s): Seyed Jamal Tabatabaei Rezaei*, Asemeh Mashhadi Malekzadeh, Ali Ramazani and Hassan Niknejad

Volume 16 , Issue 9 , 2019

Page: [839 - 848] Pages: 10

DOI: 10.2174/1567201816666191002102353

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Objective: A novel pH-sensitive superparamagnetic drug delivery system was developed based on quercetin loaded hyperbranched polyamidoamine-b-polyethylene glycol-folic acid-modified Fe3O4 nanoparticles (Fe3O4@PAMAM-b-PEG-FA).

Methods: The nanoparticles exhibit excellent water dispersity with well-defined size distribution (around 51.8 nm) and strong magnetisability. In vitro release studies demonstrated that the quercetinloaded Fe3O4@PAMAM-b-PEG-FA nanoparticles are stable at normal physiologic conditions (pH 7.4 and 37°C) but sensitive to acidic conditions (pH 5.6 and 37°C), which led to the rapid release of the loaded drug.

Results: Fluorescent microscopy results indicated that the Fe3O4@PAMAM-b-PEG-FA nanoparticles could be efficiently accumulated in tumor tissue compared with non-folate conjugated nanoparticles. Also, in comparison with free quercetin, the quercetin loaded Fe3O4@PAMAM-b-PEG-FA exerts higher cytotoxicity. Furthermore, this magnetic nanocarrier showed high MRI sensitivity, even in its lower iron content.

Conclusion: The results indicated that the prepared nanoparticles are an effective chemotherapy and diagnosis system to inhibit proliferation and monitor the progression of tumor cells, respectively.

Keywords: Magnetic nanoparticles, targeted drug delivery, pH-sensitive, magnetic resonance imaging, nanoparticles, hyperbranched polymers.

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