Modified release from lipid bilayer coated mesoporous silica nanoparticles using PEO–PPO–PEO triblock copolymers [Modified release from lipid bilayer coated mesoporous silica nanoparticles using PEO PPO PEO triblock copolymers]Triblock copolymers comprised of poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO, or trade name Pluronic) interact with lipid bilayers to increase their permeability. Here we demonstrate a novel application of Pluronic L61 and L64 as modification agents in tailoring the release rate of a molecular indicator species from 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) bilayer-coated superparamagnetic Fe 3O 4/mesoporous silica coreshell nanoparticles. Lastly, we show there is a direct relationship between Pluronic concentration and the indicator molecule release, suggesting Pluronic may be useful for the controlled release of drugs from lipid bilayer-coated carriers.
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