Evaluation of Amphiphilic Star/Linear-Dendritic Polymer Reverse Micelles for Transdermal Drug Delivery: Directing Carrier Properties by Tailoring Core versus Peripheral Branching

Karolina A. Kosakowska, Brittany K. Casey, Samantha L. Kurtz, Louise B. Lawson, Scott M. Grayson

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Abstract

The reverse micelle self-assembly of lipophile-functionalized poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) dendrimer hybrids is probed for applications in carrier-mediated transdermal drug delivery. Under investigation are topologically diverse amphiphiles featuring controlled branching motifs at either the polymer core (one-, two-, and four-arm PEG) and the polar/nonpolar interface (peripheral dendritic generations 0-2). Thus, a systematic investigation of the effect of branching location (core vs peripheral) on carrier properties is described. Dye-encapsulation experiments verify these materials are capable of forming well-defined aggregates and solubilizing polar compounds. Further quantification of reverse micelle critical micelle concentration and dye loading capacity for the branched amphiphile library was obtained through spectroscopy characterization. Both core and peripheral branching are shown to significantly influence dynamic encapsulation behavior, with evidence of location-based contributions extending beyond multiplicity of branching alone. Finally, the in vitro transdermal diffusion of the reverse micelle carriers was investigated through Franz diffusion cell experiments using physiologically relevant juvenile porcine dermis. The permeation results, combined with previously reported aggregate size trends, show the complex relationship between polymer branching and transdermal transport, with the lowest core- and highest peripherally-branched amphiphilic analogs exhibiting optimal transdermal permeation characteristics for this set of branched carriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3163-3176
Number of pages14
JournalBiomacromolecules
Volume19
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 13 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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