Zwitterionic pH-responsive hyaluronic acid polymer micelles for delivery of doxorubicin.


Key Laboratory of Biotechnology and Bioresources Utilization of Ministry of Education, Dalian Minzu University, Dalian 116600, PR China. Electronic address: [Email]


As zwitterionic polymers show great promise in drug delivery, hyaluronic acid (HA) was deacetylated and grafted with dodecylamine to prepare a pH-sensitive zwitterionic polymer dHAD used as a carrier for antitumor drugs. The polymer was negatively charged at pH 7.4 and became positive at pH 6.2. In vitro delivery of DOX against MCF-7 cells showed that the blank micelle dHAD had low cytotoxicity and the dHAD-DOX micelles could greatly prohibit the growth of the MCF-7 cells. In addition, the dHAD-DOX micelles had higher cellular uptake, indicating that the micelles were rapidly internalized into the cells via CD44 receptor-mediated endocytosis. The in vivo delivery of DOX to tumor-bearing mice confirmed that the dHAD-DOX micelles greatly inhibited the tumor growth and significantly reduced systemic toxicity of DOX. These results demonstrated that biocompatible pH-responsive zwitterionic dHAD micelles are promising carriers for the delivery of DOX.


Biocompatibility,Drug delivery,Zwitterionic polymers,pH-responsiveness,