In this work, graphene oxide (GO)-incorporated composite beads were developed from poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide)/sodium alginate (PNIPAM/NaAlg) using ionotropic gelation technique. The interaction between GO and PNIPAM/NaAlg with Ca2+ ions as a cross-linker was investigated by Fourier transform spectroscopy. X-Ray diffraction pattern showed that the GO was distributed uniformly in the PNIPAM/NaAlg with Ca2+ ions while scanning electron micrograph technique revealed that composite beads were formed in spherical shape. The controlled release characteristics of composite beads were studied using 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) as anti-cancer model drug. The encapsulation efficiencies were found to be between 90 and 92% in all formulations. Furthermore, the equilibrium swelling ratio (%) and in vitro release studies of the beads were carried out in two different pH values of 1.2 and 7.4 and at different temperature conditions of 25 and 37 °C. The obtained results showed that the swelling ratio decreased with an increase in GO concentration. In vitro release studies performed in response to both pH and temperature and they proved that the 5-FU drug was released from composite beads over 32 h without burst release. Cytotoxicity results showed pristine composite beads are good cytocompatible. In addition, the cytotoxicity of 5-FU was found to be improved when incorporated with composite beads than pure 5-FU. It is therefore concluded that the developed composite beads have dual response and can be used as controlling released carriers in cancer drug delivery applications.
Iranian Polymer Journal – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 4, 2017
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