Encapsulation of anticancer drug by hydrogen-bonded multilayers of tannic acid

Academic Article


  • Tannic acid (TA)-based multilayer assemblies have attracted increasing interest for biomedical applications. Here we explore properties of TA-poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (TA-PVPON) hydrogen-bonded multilayers for drug encapsulation and long-term storage. We demonstrate that the small molecular weight anticancer drug, doxorubicin (DOX), can be successfully loaded into (TA-PVPON) capsules with high encapsulation efficiency. We have also found that the encapsulated DOX can be efficiently stored inside the capsules for the pH range from pH = 7.4 to pH = 5. We show that the chemical and functional stability of TA at neutral and basic pH values is achieved through complexation with PVPON. The UV-vis spectrophotometry and in situ ellipsometry analyses of the hydrogen bonding interactions between TA and PVPON at different pH values reveal pH-dependent behavior of TA-PVPON capsules for the pH range from pH = 7.4 to pH = 5. Increasing deposition pH value from pH = 5 to pH = 7.4 leads to a 2-fold decrease in capsule thickness. However, this trend is reversed when salt concentration of the deposition solutions is increased from 0.01 M to 0.1 M NaCl. We have also demonstrated that the permeability of (TA-PVPON) capsules prepared using low salt deposition conditions and pH = 7.4 can be increased 2-fold by exposure of the capsules to 0.1 M NaCl salt solutions at the same pH. Our work opens new perspectives for design of novel polymer carriers for controlled drug delivery in cancer therapy. This journal is
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  • Soft Matter  Journal
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    Author List

  • Liu F; Kozlovskaya V; Zavgorodnya O; Martinez-Lopez C; Catledge S; Kharlampieva E
  • Start Page

  • 9237
  • End Page

  • 9247
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 46