Soft Core-Shell Polymeric Nanoparticles with Magnetic Property for Potential Guided Drug Delivery

ŞAHİNER N., Ilgın P.

CURRENT NANOSCIENCE, vol.6, no.5, pp.483-491, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.2174/157341310797574998
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.483-491
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


Thermo, pH and magnetic field responsive core-shell particles of poly(acrylonitrile-co-N-isopropylacrylamide (p(AN-c-NIPAM)) were synthesized by microemulsion polymerization. Fe(3)O(4) nanomagnetic particles were encapsulated inside core-shell polymeric particles during the polymerization and simultaneous crosslinking reaction of AN and NIPAM using ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as a crosslinker and ammonium persulfate (APS) as initiator. To increase the hydrophilicity of the particles, the hydrophobic core, which contains nitrile groups were converted to the amidoxime group by amidoximation reaction and the conversion, was confirmed by FT-IR and swelling experiments. To demonstrate the usage of the synthesized particles as potential guided drug delivery vehicles, a calcium channel blocker, Verapamil, was used for in vitro drug release studies from p(AN-c-NIPAM), amidoximated p(AN-c-NIPAM) and composite p(AN-c-NIPAM) particle systems in phosphate buffer solution (PBS) at two different temperatures, at room (similar to 25 degrees C) and 40 degrees C (> LCST: Lower Critical Solution Temperature of p(NIPAM)), respectively.