The present work reports on the synthesis of a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) based on methacrylic acid and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate for sunitinib delivery. Sunitinib (SUT) is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor used in many cancer diseases. Like the majority of the anticancer drugs, SUT suffers of a low bioavailability, and at the same time, it is characterized by a narrow therapeutic window. In order to reduce drug systemic toxicity, we synthesized a MIP-based drug delivery system for SUT-controlled release. MIP was obtained by bulk polymerization through the so-called noncovalent approach. Rebinding experiments were performed to evaluate the success of the imprinting process and the ability of MIP to bind in a specific and selective fashion the template molecule. Resulting data showed that sunitinib rebinding percentage was 70%, while nonimprinted polymer (NIP) rebinding percentage was 46%. A not significant difference was observed between MIP and NIP in semaxanib binding experiments. Moreover, the drug release profiles were studied for both MIP and NIP. A sustained release was observed from sunitinib-loaded MIP during 24 hours, reaching 58% after 6 hours and 76% at the end-point. NIP, on the contrary, released almost 90% of the loaded drug within 6 hours. Furthermore, the drug carrier was tested in vitro against MCF-7 cells, in which the cytotoxic effect of sunitinib released from MIP reached the maximum after 72 hours, while NIP completed its effect within 48 hours. These results demonstrated that molecularly imprinted polymers are suitable systems for SUT release.
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|Titolo:||Molecularly imprinted hydrogels for sustained release of sunitinib in breast cancer therapy|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|