Toward advanced modular drug and gene delivery system
Saeed, Aram Omer (2010) Toward advanced modular drug and gene delivery system. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
In chapter two, the development of new a nanoparticulate carrier system for gene delivery was described. The new nanocarrier consists of a blend matrix formed by a poly (lactic-eo-glycolic acid) (PLGA) and Poly(ethylene glycol) bis (3-aminopropyl) terminated (also known as JeffamineTM). Nanopartic1es were formulated based on a 50:50 weight ratio of PLGA:Jeffamine using a modified emulsification-solvent diffusion technique. The potential of these blended matrix nanoparticles for encapsulation efficiency of Calf Thymus DNA and release profile were also studied. The achieved encapsulation efficiency of Calf Thymus DNA was approximately 84% for 0.4% theoretical loading with regard to total amount of PLGA. The PLGA: Jeffamine blended nanoparticles provided continuous and controlled release of Calf Thymus DNA. The PLGA:Jeffamine nanopartic1es were also coated with PLGA-PEGMA&75and PDMAEMA-PEGMA block copolymers using a simple physical adsorption method. After surface coating of the nanoparticles, zeta potential value showed significant reduction of surface charges from -38 mV to near zero value, while TEM micrographs showed a well defined core-shell nanoparticle.
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