Int J Pharm 2022 Jun 25:121963. Epub 2022 Jun 25.
Pharmaceutical Research Center, Pharmaceutical Technology Institute, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran; Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, School of Pharmacy, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran. Electronic address:
In the current study, a multifunctional nanoscale vesicular system (polymersome) with the ability to accumulate in the site of action, control drug release and integrate diagnostic and therapeutic functions was developed. The theranostic polymersome was engineered as a promising dual-functional nanoplatform, which can be used for tumor therapy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In this regard, the amphiphilic diblock copolymer of poly(ε-caprolactone)-block-poly(glyceryl methacrylate)[(PCL-b-PGMA)] was synthesized by combined ring-opening polymerization (ROP), and reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerization techniques followed by hydrolysis of the pendant oxiran rings to hydroxyl groups. Read More