Surface charge effect on mucoadhesion of chitosan based nanogels for local anti-colorectal cancer drug delivery

Chao Feng, Jing Li, Ming Kong, Ya Liu, Xiao Jie Cheng, Yang Li, Hyun Jin Park, Xi Guang Chen

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To develop more effective anticancer mucoadhesive drug delivery system for the treatment of colorectal cancer, chitosan based nanogels (NGs) were prepared by electrostatic interaction between chitosan (CS) and carboxymethyl-chitosan (CMCS). By respectively using tripolyphosphate (TPP) and CaCl2 as ionic crosslinker, two well-characterized doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) loaded NGs with opposite zeta potential (DOX:CS/CMCS/TPP NGs, -32.6±1.1mV and DOX:CS/CMCS/Ca2+ NGs, +31.8±0.9mV) were obtained. Compared with DOX:CS/CMCS/TPP NGs, DOX:CS/CMCS/Ca2+ NGs were taken up to a greater extent by colorectal cancer cells, resulting in greater reduction in percentage of cell viability. Owing to high binding capability to mucin and inhibited paracellular transport by colon, DOX:CS/CMCS/Ca2+ NGs exhibited improved mucoadhesion and limited permeability. This is beneficial to prolong the contact time of formulation onto intestinal mucosa and improved local drug concentration. The results provided evidence DOX:CS/CMCS/Ca2+ NGs to be exciting and promising for the treatment of colorectal cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-447
Number of pages9
JournalColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Apr 1

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  • Cellular uptake
  • Chitosan
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Mucoadhesion
  • Nanogels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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