We have developed endogenous redox-responsive polymer conjugated GO-based hybrid nanomaterials (GO-PEGssFol-CPT) for delivery of anticancer drug camptothecin (CPT) to the cancer cells. The synthesized intermediate (PEGFol) and CPT loaded GO- PEGFol were characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and H NMR. The morphological feature changes of TEM and AFM images have confirmed the loading of CPT on the nanocarrier and its release from the nanocarrier. The amount of CPT was loaded was found to be 14.2%. The extent of camptothecin (CPT) release from GO-BiotinPVA-CPT in the presence of different concentrations of glutathione (GSH) was monitored with the increase in the fluorescence intensity at λ 438 nm and UV-Vis absorbance at 366 nm. The time-dependent camptothecin (CPT) release was monitored in the presence of GSH. It was noticed that CPT was completely released from GO-PEGssFol-CPT within 45 min. This release process is free from interference by other ubiquitous analytes in the living system. The constant fluorescence intensity of GO-PEGssFol-CPT against acidic pH indicated that CPT would not be released in the extracellular region of cancer cells. Therefore, such delivery system could be used to prevent unwanted cytotoxicity to the healthy cells. The GO-PEGssFol-CPT showed higher antiproliferative activity against cervical cancer cells compared to the CPT. Thus, GO-PEGssFol-CPT can be a new material to deliver the anticancer drug to the target tumor region.
R. Rashmi, Divya Nedungadi, Podder, A., Dr. Nandita Mishra, and Bhuniya, S., “Monitoring of topoisomerase (I) inhibitor camptothecin release from endogenous redox-stimulated GO-polymer hybrid carrier”, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, vol. 189, pp. 14-20, 2018.