Controlled drug release with surface-capped mesoporous silica nanoparticles and its label-free in situ Raman monitoring

Seungki Lee, Jung A. Kwon, Keon Hee Park, Chang Min Jin, Ji Bong Joo, Inhee Choi

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Abstract

Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) have drawn attention as efficient nanocarriers for drug delivery systems owing to their unique physiochemical properties. However, systemically controlling the kinetics of drug release from the nanocarriers and in situ monitoring of the drug release are still challenging. Here, we report surface-capped MSNs used for controlled drug release and demonstrate label-free in situ Raman monitoring of released drugs based on the molecule-specific spectral fingerprints. By capping the surface of MSNs with amine moieties, gold nanoparticles, and albumin, we achieved high loading efficiencies (up to 97%) of doxorubicin and precisely controlled drug release stimulated by changing pH value. Moreover, we monitored in real-time drug release profile and visualized cellular distribution of the delivered drug at nanoscale based on its intrinsic Raman peak. Finally, we evaluated drug responses in cancer cells and normal cells to investigate whether capped-dMSNs exhibit selective drug release. Our findings would be beneficial for designing smart drug carriers and directly monitoring the release behavior of drugs in actual cellular environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-239
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Volume131
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Controlled release
  • Drug delivery
  • Mesoporous silica nanoparticles
  • Raman mapping
  • Raman spectroscopy

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