Fluorescent polymeric micelles with aggregation-induced emission properties for monitoring the encapsulation of Doxorubicin.

Macromolecular bioscience

PubMedID: 23512927

Chen JI, Wu WC. Fluorescent polymeric micelles with aggregation-induced emission properties for monitoring the encapsulation of Doxorubicin. Macromol Biosci. 2013;13(5):623-32.
A new type of fluorescent polymeric micelles is developed by self-assembly from a series of amphiphilic block copolymers, poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly[styrene-co-(2-(1,2,3,4,5-pentaphenyl-1H-silol-1-yloxy)ethyl methacrylate)] [PEG-b-P(S-co-PPSEMA)]. Their capability of loading doxorubicin (DOX) is investigated by monitoring the loading content, encapsulation efficiency, and photophysical properties of micelles. Förster resonance energy transfer from PPSEMA to DOX is observed in DOX-loaded micelles, which can serve as an indication of successful encapsulation of DOX in these micelles. The application of this new type of fluorescent polymeric micelles as a fluorescent probe and an anticancer drug carrier simultaneously is explored by studying the intracellular uptake of DOX-loaded micelles.