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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Novel copolyanhydrides combining strong inherent fluorescence and a wide range of biodegradability: synthesis, characterization and in vitro degradation.

In this work, a novel diacid monomer was synthesized in a very convenient scheme. The monomer is derived from naturally occurring products and emits strong fluorescence when polymerized to polyanhydride. The chemical structure of the monomer dCPS is as follows: HOC(O)ArOC(O)(CH2)2C(O)O--Ar--COOH. Copolyanhydrides composed of dCPS and sebacic acid were further prepared by melt copolycondensation, and characterized by IR, NMR, UV-Vis, DSC and fluorometry. The emission wavelength (lambda(em)) of the copolymers could be tuned by the excitation wavelength (lambda(ex)). Fluorescence intensity increased with the increase of dCPS content. The microspheres fabricated from the copolymer with dCPS content as low as 10% could be clearly visualized with fluorescence microscopy. Either blue or green images of the microspheres could be captured with an excitation of UV and visible light. The degradation rate of the copolyanhydrides decreased as the dCPS fraction increased, and the degradation duration could be modulated from several days to more than three months. In addition, it was found that the copolyanhydrides displayed surface degradation characteristics. In view of the advantages of the novel copolyanhydrides, such as easy preparation, unique inherent luminescent properties, and widely adjustable degradation rate, they might be useful for biomedical engineering.[1]


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