Synthesis, self-assembly, and drug-loading capacity of well-defined cyclodextrin-centered drug-conjugated amphiphilic A(14)B(7) Miktoarm star copolymers based on poly(epsilon-caprolactone) and poly(ethylene glycol).Biomacromolecules 2010; 11(4):934-43B
Novel drug-conjugated amphiphilic A(14)B(7) miktoarm star copolymers composed of 14 poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) arms and 7 poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) arms with beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) as core moiety were synthesized by the combination of controlled ring-opening polymerization (CROP) and "click" chemistry. (1)H NMR, FT-IR, and SEC-MALLS analyses confirmed the well-defined A(14)B(7) miktoarm star architecture. These amphiphilic miktoarm star copolymers could self-assemble into multimorphological aggregates in aqueous solution, which were characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Moreover, the drug-loading efficiency and drug-encapsulation efficiency of the drug-conjugated miktoarm star copolymers were higher than those of the corresponding non-drug-conjugated miktoarm star copolymers.