Polylactones 57. Biodegradable networks based on A - B - A triblock segments containing poly(ethylene glycol)s - Syntheses and drug release properties

Hans R. Kricheldorf, Björn Fechner, Ariella Shikanov, Abraham Domb

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Abstract

Condensation of Bu2Sn(OMe)2 with poly(ethylene glycol)s yielded macrocyclic tin alkoxides which were, in turn, used as cyclic initiators for the ring-expansion polymerization of ε-caprolactone, D,L-lactide, or trimethylene carbonate. The resulting cyclic triblock copolymers were in situ cross-linked with trimesoyl chloride. The lengths of the A-B-A triblock segments were varied via the monomer-initiator ratio (M/I) or via the lengths of the poly(ethylene glycol)s. After extraction with CH2Cl2, the isolated networks were characterized by 1H NMR spectroscopy, DSC measurements, and swelling experiments. The release of dexamethasone and 5-fluorouracil from two triblock networks was studied in physiological buffer solutions at 37 °C over a period of several weeks. A strong initial burst was found in all cases. Only a weak initial burst and a more continuous release was observed when networks of random L-lactide/ε-caprolactone copolymers were studied under the same conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)950-955
Number of pages6
JournalBiomacromolecules
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes

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