Comparison of hydrophilic and hydrophobic active molecules release from polymer-phospholipid complexes

Virginia Saez, Brian J. Tighe

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Hypercoiling polymers can be suited for application to living systems because they are similar in structure to the protein-based lipid assemblies found at fluid interfaces within the body. This leads to a range of exciting possibilities, not only in membrane transport applications but also in biosensors, drug delivery and mechanistic studies of biological membrane function. This study is focused in the study of the stability and suitability of nanostructures made of a hypercoiling polymer for drug delivery applications. The polymer poly (styrene-maleic acid) (PSMA) was combined with the phospholipid dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) to form amphiphilic nanostructures. The stability and suitability of these polymer-phospholipid nanocarriers for hydrophobic and hydrophilic molecules load and release was analyzed by several techniques. It was found that several of the studied molecules had a substantial effect on the surface charge and stability of the nanocarrier. It was also demonstrated that two types of nanocarriers, chemically modified and unmodified, were able to control the release of the molecules, especially in the case of hydrophobic compounds. In addition, as the hydrophobicity increased the release slowed down. These clear nanocarriers have the potential to behave very favorably at interfaces such as the tear lipid film were transparency is a requirement, giving a new way of controlled drug release in the eye.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-689
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Chemical Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015


  • drug
  • nanocarrier
  • phospholipid
  • PSMA
  • release
  • hydrophobic


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