256807 pH-Sensitive Drug Loading/Releasing in Amphiphilic Copolymer Pae-Peg: Integrating Molecular Dynamics and Dissipative Particle Dynamics Simulations

Monday, October 29, 2012
Hall B (Convention Center )
Zhonglin Luo, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore and Jianwen Jiang, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

Molecular dynamics (MD) and dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations are integrated to investigate the loading/releasing of anti-cancer drug camptothecin (CPT) in pH-sensitive amphiphilic copolymer, composed of hydrophobic poly("-amino ester) (PAE) and hydrophilic methyl ether-capped poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). MD simulation is used to estimate the Flory-Huggins interaction parameters and the miscibility of binary components. From structural analysis, strong hydrogen-bonding is found between PAE and CPT. However, no hydrogen-bonging exists between PAEH and CPT after protonation of PAE. Based on the conservative force constants calculated from the Flory-Huggins parameters, DPD simulation is applied to examine the micellization of PAE-PEG, CPT loading in PAE-PEG and CPT releasing in PAEH-PEG. With increasing concentration, PAE-PEG forms spherical micelles, disk-like micelles and vesicles as a competitive counterbalance of free energies for the formation of shell, interface and core. CPT loading in PAE-PEG micelles/vesicles is governed by adsorption-growth-micellization mechanism, and CPT is loaded into both hydrophobic core and hydrophilic shell. The predicted loading efficiency is close to experimentally reported value. Similar to literature reports, the loading of high concentration of CPT is observed to cause morphology transition from micelles to vesicles. Upon protonation, CPT is released from micelles/vesicles by swelling-demicellization-releasing mechanism. This simulation study provides microscopic insight into the mechanisms of drug loading and releasing, and might be useful for the design of new materials for high-efficacy drug delivery.

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