Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New product mPEG-PVL polyvivo AK67

PolySciTech has added block copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(delta-valerolactone) to the current product offerings with the first product being PolyVivo AK67 (mPEG-PVL 5000-7000Da).  Similar polymers have been previously used in research to aid in solubilization and delivery of chemotherapeutic Camptothecin for cancer treatment. Chang, Yuan-Chia, and I. Chu. "Methoxy poly (ethylene glycol)-b-poly (valerolactone) diblock polymeric micelles for enhanced encapsulation and protection of camptothecin." European Polymer Journal 44, no. 12 (2008): 3922-3930.

“Abstract: Amphiphilic block copolymers, methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(valerolactone) (mPEG-b-PVL), were synthesized via ring opening polymerization of δ-valerolactone in the presence of methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG). The copolymers form micelle-like nanoparticles by their amphiphilic characteristics and their structures were examined by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). The sizes of nanoparticles ranged from 60 to 120 nm as measured by dynamic light scattering detection, and were larger with higher molecular weight of the copolymers. The Critical Micelle Concentration (CMC) of these nanoparticles in water decreased with increasing molecular weight of hydrophobic segment. Stability analysis showed that the micellar solutions maintain their sizes at 37 °C for six weeks without aggregation or dissociation. The lyophilization method was better than the evaporation method when camptothecin (CPT) was incorporated to the micelles. The former method yielded higher CPT loading efficiency and lower aggregation. The loading efficiency of CPT could be more than 96% and a steady release rate of CPT was kept for twenty six days. Moreover, the mPEG-b-PVL polymeric micelles offered good protection of CPT lactone form at 37 °C for sixteen days. The copolymers showed no cytotoxicity towards L929 mouse muscular cells when incubated for one day. Taken together, the mPEG-b-PVL copolymer has potential to be used for the delivery of CPT or other similar drugs.”
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