Improving paclitaxel delivery: in vitro and in vivo characterization of PEGylated polyphosphoester-based nanocarriers. Academic Article uri icon


  • Nanomaterials have great potential to offer effective treatment against devastating diseases by providing sustained release of high concentrations of therapeutic agents locally, especially when the route of administration allows for direct access to the diseased tissues. Biodegradable polyphosphoester-based polymeric micelles and shell cross-linked knedel-like nanoparticles (SCKs) have been designed from amphiphilic block-graft terpolymers, PEBP-b-PBYP-g-PEG, which effectively incorporate high concentrations of paclitaxel (PTX). Well-dispersed nanoparticles physically loaded with PTX were prepared, exhibiting desirable physiochemical characteristics. Encapsulation of 10 wt% PTX, into either micelles or SCKs, allowed for aqueous suspension of PTX at concentrations up to 4.8 mg/mL, as compared to <2.0 g/mL for the aqueous solubility of the drug alone. Drug release studies indicated that PTX released from these nanostructures was defined through a structure-function relationship, whereby the half-life of sustained PTX release was doubled through cross-linking of the micellar structure to form SCKs. In vitro, physically loaded micellar and SCK nanotherapeutics demonstrated IC50 values against osteosarcoma cell lines, known to metastasize to the lungs (CCH-OS-O and SJSA), similar to the pharmaceutical Taxol formulation. Evaluation of these materials in vivo has provided an understanding of the effects of nanoparticle structure-function relationships on intratracheal delivery and related biodistribution and pharmacokinetics. Overall, we have demonstrated the potential of these novel nanotherapeutics toward future sustained release treatments via administration directly to the sites of lung metastases of osteosarcoma.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

altmetric score

  • 1.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, F., Zhang, S., Pollack, S. F., Li, R., Gonzalez, A. M., Fan, J., ... Wooley, K. L.

citation count

  • 159

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Fuwu||Zhang, Shiyi||Pollack, Stephanie F||Li, Richen||Gonzalez, Amelia M||Fan, Jingwei||Zou, Jiong||Leininger, Sarah E||PavĂ­a-Sanders, Adriana||Johnson, Rachel||Nelson, Laura D||Raymond, Jeffery E||Elsabahy, Mahmoud||Hughes, Dennis MP||Lenox, Mark W||Gustafson, Tiffany P||Wooley, Karen L

publication date

  • February 2015