Nanostructures of an amphiphilic zinc phthalocyanine polymer conjugate for photodynamic therapy of psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease affecting 2-5% of the population worldwide and it severely affects patient quality of life. In this study, an amphiphilic zinc phthalocyanine polymer conjugate (ZPB) was synthesized, in which zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) was conjugated with the poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chain of Brij 58. ZPB showed two maximum UV-vis absorption wavelengths, 348 nm and 678 nm. A monomolecular micelle of ZPB formed in water with a mean size of 25 nm and zeta potential of -15 mV. The nanostructures aggregated into cloudy precipitates, which were easily dispersed. The nanostructure showed the shell-core structure with the ZnPc segments as the core and the PEG chains as the shell. The anti-psoriasis effect of the ZPB nanostructure was explored using a guinea pig psoriasis model. After comparing the anti-psoriasis effects of saline, light alone, ZPB alone, and the combination of light and ZPB, the combination of light and ZPB showed the best photodynamic therapy of psoriasis based on the light excitation of the photosensitizer ZPB and the psoriasis was nearly cured according to the histopathological investigation. The ZPB nanostructure is a promising anti-psoriasis nanomedicine based on photodynamic therapy.
AuthorsYiguang Jin, Xiaohan Zhang, Baolei Zhang, Hongxiang Kang, Lina Du, Miao Li
JournalColloids and surfaces. B, Biointerfaces (Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces) Vol. 128 Pg. 405-9 (Apr 1 2015) ISSN: 1873-4367 [Electronic] Netherlands
PMID25766924 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
CopyrightCopyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Chemical References
  • Drug Carriers
  • Indoles
  • Micelles
  • Organometallic Compounds
  • Photosensitizing Agents
  • Water
  • Zn(II)-phthalocyanine
  • Cetomacrogol
  • Animals
  • Cetomacrogol (chemistry)
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Drug Carriers
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Humans
  • Indoles (agonists, chemistry, pharmacology)
  • Male
  • Micelles
  • Nanostructures (chemistry, ultrastructure)
  • Organometallic Compounds (agonists, chemistry, pharmacology)
  • Photochemotherapy (methods)
  • Photosensitizing Agents (agonists, chemistry, pharmacology)
  • Psoriasis (drug therapy, pathology)
  • Ultraviolet Rays
  • Water (chemistry)

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