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Authors: Ewald, Johannes
Blankenburg, Jan
Worm, Matthias
Besch, Laura
Unger, Ronald E.
Tremel, Wolfgang
Frey, Holger
Pohlit, Hannah
Title: Acid-cleavable poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels displaying protein release at pH 5
Online publication date: 3-Aug-2021
Language: english
Abstract: PEG is the gold standard polymer for pharmaceutical applications, however it lacks degradability. Degradation under physiologically relevant pH as present in endolysosomes, cancerous and inflammatory tissues is crucial for many areas. The authors present anionic ring-opening copolymerization of ethylene oxide with 3,4-epoxy-1-butene (EPB) and subsequent modification to introduce acid-degradable vinyl ether groups as well as methacrylate (MA) units, enabling radical cross-linking. Copolymers with different molar ratios of EPB, molecular weights (Mn) up to 10 000 g mol−1 and narrow dispersities (Đ<1.05) were prepared. Both the P(EG-co-isoEPB)MA copolymer and the hydrogels showed pH-dependent, rapid hydrolysis at pH 5–6 and long-term storage stability at neutral pH (pH 7.4). By designing the degree of polymerization and content of degradable vinyl ether groups, the release time of an entrapped protein OVA-Alexa488 can be tailored from a few hours to several days (hydrolysis half-life time t1/2 at pH 5: 13 h to 51 h).
DDC: 540 Chemie
540 Chemistry and allied sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 09 Chemie, Pharmazie u. Geowissensch.
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY-NC
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Journal: Chemistry - a European journal
Pages or article number: 2947
Publisher: Wiley-VCH
Publisher place: Weinheim
Issue date: 2020
ISSN: 1521-3765
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Publisher DOI: 10.1002/chem.201905310
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