Imparting desired technological characteristics to polymeric nanoparticles requires the development of original polymers. In the present work, the synthesis and characterization of a novel PBLG-derivative, the poly(γ-benzyl L-glutamate)-β-cyclodextrin (PBLG-β-CD-50), have been carried out. Nanoparticles from either PBLG-β-CD-50 polymer or from mixtures with PBLG have been prepared using a modified nanoprecipitation method. Spherically shaped nanoparticles with diameter in the range of 50-70 nm were obtained, as determined by dynamic laser light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. The presence of a surfactant in the suspension medium had almost no influence on these parameters and was not necessary to the shelf-stability of the suspension. Further, isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC) experiments have been used to show unambiguously that about 20% of the cyclodextrins remain functional within the particles. Consequently, this system may be of interest when association of large amounts of hydrophobic drugs to nanoparticles is required.
- Multifunctional nanoparticles
- PBLG nanoparticles
- Poly(γ-benzyl L-glutamate)-β-cyclodextrin