Di Zhou - Fluorescently Labeled Branched Polymers and Thermal Responsive Nanoparticles for Live Cell Imaging

Di Zhou, Yujie Ma, Andre A. Poot, Pieter J. Dijkstra, Jan Feijen

Macromolecular Bioscience 2012


Branched poly(methoxy-PEG acrylate) and thermally responsive poly(methoxy-PEG acrylate)-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) are synthesized by RAFT polymerization. After reduction, these polymers are fluorescently labeled by reacting the free thiol groups with N-(5-fluoresceinyl) maleimide. As shown by DLS, the labeled copolymer poly(methoxy-PEG acrylate)-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) forms nanoparticles at body temperature (37 8C) due to the presence of the thermosensitive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide). These materials were used as bioprobes for imaging HUVECs in vitro and chick embryo CAM in vivo. Both labeled polymer and nanoparticles are biocompatible and can be used as efficient fluorescent bioprobes.