Liposomes have been on the market as drug delivery systems for over 25 years. Their success comes from the ability to carry toxic drug molecules to the appropriate site of action through passive accumulation, thus reducing their severe side effects. However, the need for enhanced circulation time and site and time specific drug delivery, turned research focus on other systems, such as polymers. In this context, novel composites that combine the flexibility of polymeric nanosystems with the properties of liposomes gained a lot of interest. In the present work a mixed/chimeric liposomal system, composed of phospholipids and block copolymers, was developed and evaluated in regards with its feasibility as a drug delivery system. These innovative nano-platforms combine advantages from both classes of biomaterials. Thermal analysis was performed in order to offers an insight into the interactions between these materials and consequently into their physicochemical characteristics. In addition, colloidal stability was assessed by monitoring z-potential and size distribution over time. Finally, their suitability as carriers for biomedical applications was evaluated by carrying out in vitro toxicity studies.

Incorporation of PEGylated δ-decalactone into lipid bilayers: thermodynamic study and chimeric liposomes development

Biondo, Francesca;TIBONI, MATTIA;Casettari, Luca
2020-01-01

Abstract

Liposomes have been on the market as drug delivery systems for over 25 years. Their success comes from the ability to carry toxic drug molecules to the appropriate site of action through passive accumulation, thus reducing their severe side effects. However, the need for enhanced circulation time and site and time specific drug delivery, turned research focus on other systems, such as polymers. In this context, novel composites that combine the flexibility of polymeric nanosystems with the properties of liposomes gained a lot of interest. In the present work a mixed/chimeric liposomal system, composed of phospholipids and block copolymers, was developed and evaluated in regards with its feasibility as a drug delivery system. These innovative nano-platforms combine advantages from both classes of biomaterials. Thermal analysis was performed in order to offers an insight into the interactions between these materials and consequently into their physicochemical characteristics. In addition, colloidal stability was assessed by monitoring z-potential and size distribution over time. Finally, their suitability as carriers for biomedical applications was evaluated by carrying out in vitro toxicity studies.
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