Materials Chemistry

Light sensitive phenacyl crosslinked dextran hydrogels for controlled delivery



Stimuli-responsive soft materials enable controlled release of loaded drug molecules and biomolecules. Controlled release of potent chemotherapeutic or immunotherapeutic agent is crucial to reduce unwanted side effects. In an effort to develop controlled release strategies that can be triggered using Cerenkov luminescence, we have developed polymer hydrogels that can release doxorubicin, bovine serum albumin and immunoglobulin G using light (254 nm – 375 nm) as a trigger. We describe the synthesis and photochemical characterisation of two light sensitive phenacyl bis-azide crosslinkers that are used to prepare transparent self-supporting hydrogel patches. One crosslinker was designed to optimize the overlap with the Cerenkov luminescence emission window, bearing an -extended phenacyl core, resulting in a high quantum yield (14%) of photocleavage when irradiated with 375 nm light. We used the extended phenacyl crosslinker for the preparation of protein-loaded dextran hydrogel patches, which showed efficient and selective dosed release of bovine serum albumin or immunoglobulin G after irradiation with 375 nm light. Based on the high quantum yield, efficient release and large overlap with the Cerenkov window, we envision application of these photosensitive soft materials in radiation targeted drug release.


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