Stable unilamellar dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine vesicles were produced by using oligo(malic acid) and cholesterol. Detailed physico-chemical characterization prove that by using oligo(malic acid) the substitution of PEGylated lipids for sterically stabilization comes possible. The polymer molecules cover the outer surface of spherical-shaped vesicles, and an asymmetrical composition occurs in the two leaflets of the phospholipid bilayer. The oligo(malic-acid) and cholesterol are enriched in the outer side assuring the stabilization of vesicles. Cholesterol plays an important role in the self-assembly of components as it makes the entering of oligomers possible deep into the polar head-region of lipids. The presence of oligo(malic acid) molecules does not induce degradation by hydrolysis of lipid molecules but the vesicle system turns into a sensitive form giving a possibility for pH sensitive targeting. Preliminary investigation on the investigated oligo(malic acid)-stabilized vesicles do not show any toxic effect promising their applicability in the field of liposomal drug delivery.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry