Cellular internalization of doxorubicin loaded star-shaped micelles with hydrophilic zwitterionic sulfobetaine segments
Four arm star-shaped poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-poly((N,N-diethylaminoethyl methacrylate)-r-(N-(3-sulfopropyl)-N-methacryloxyethy-N,N-diethylammoniumbetaine)) (4sPCLDEAS) micelles were loaded with anticancer drug doxorubicin to track their endocytosis in Hela cancer cell line. The effects of mean diameters and surface charges of the drug loaded micelles on the cellular uptake were studied in details. The results demonstrated that the internalization of micelles was both time and energy dependent process. Endocytic pathways including clathrin-mediated endocytosis, caveolae-mediated endocytosis and macropinocytosis were all involved in the internalization; caveolae-mediated endocytosis was the main pathway for the internalization of 4sPCLDEAS micelles. The assays for cell apoptosis and growth inhibition of tumor spheroids identified that these doxorubicin loaded micelles could induce cell apoptosis and inhibit tumor spheroids growth efficiently, which was even equal to free DOX·HCl. This study provided a rational design strategy for fabricating diverse micellar drug delivery systems with high anticancer efficiency.
Journal: Biomaterials - Volume 35, Issue 15, May 2014, Pages 4517–4524