Raspberry-like assembly of nanogels (A-CHPNG) with a high potential as a carrier for protein delivery was prepared. Cross-linking of acrylate group-modified cholesterol-bearing pullulan nanogel (CHPANG) with thiol group-modified poly (ethylene glycol) (PEGSH) by Michael addition yielded A-CHPNG with narrow size distribution. The size of A-CHPNGs was controlled in the range of 40-120 nm by changing the concentration of CHPANG and PEGSH. A-CHPNG gradually degraded by hydrolysis under physiological condition and seemed to dissociate back to original nanogel. A-CHPNG encapsulated interleukin-12 (IL-12) efficiently (96%) and stably kept it in the presence of BSA (50 mg/ml). In addition, A-CHPNG had a high potential to maintain a high IL-12 level in plasma after subcutaneous injection in mice. Therefore, A-CHPNG is a promising carrier for long-term medications.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pharmaceutical Science