National Natural Science Foundation of China [51073103, 51273125]
In order to prepare pH and redox sensitive micelles, amphiphilic copolymers of poly (epsilon-caprolactone)-b-poly(2-(diethylamino) ethyl methacrylate) (PCL-PDEA) and disulfide-linked poly(ethyl glycol)-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (mPEG-SS-PCL) were synthesized. The double-sensitive micelles were prepared simply by solvent-evaporating method with the mixed two copolymers. The pH sensitivity of the mixed micelles was confirmed by the change of micelle diameter/diameter distribution measured by dynamic lighting scattering (DLS) and the redox sensitivity of the mixed micelles was testified by the change of micellar morphous observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). In vitro drug release showed that drug-loaded mixed micelles (mass ratio 5:5) could achieve above 90% of drug release under low pH and reducing condition within 10 h. Moreover, the drug-loaded mixed micelles (mass ratio 5:5) showed the largest cellular toxicity compared with other drug-loaded micelles, while blank mixed micelles exhibited no toxicity. These results meant that the mixed micelles composed by the two amphiphilic copolymers can enhance intracellular drug release. It is concluded that the newly developed mixed micelles can serve as a potential drug delivery system for anticancer drugs. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.