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Tuning the surface of nanoparticles: Impact of poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) on protein adsorption in serum and cellular uptake

: Koshkina, Olga; Westmeier, Dana; Lang, Thomas; Bantz, Christoph; Hahlbrock, Angelina; Würth, Christian; Resch-Genger, Ute; Braun, Ulrike; Thiermann, Raphael; Weise, Christoph; Eravci, Murat; Mohr, Benjamin; Schlaad, Helmut; Stauber, Roland H.; Docter, Dominic; Bertin, Annabelle; Maskos, Michael


Macromolecular bioscience 16 (2016), No.9, pp.1287-1300
ISSN: 1616-5187
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ICT-IMM ()
cellular uptake; nanoparticles; poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline); poly(ethylene glycol); protein adsorption

Due to the adsorption of biomolecules, the control of the biodistribution of nanoparticles is still one of the major challenges of nanomedicine. Poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) (PEtOx) for surface modification of nanoparticles is applied and both protein adsorption and cellular uptake of PEtOxylated nanoparticles versus nanoparticles coated with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and non-coated positively and negatively charged nanoparticles are compared. Therefore, fluorescent poly(organosiloxane) nanoparticles of 15 nm radius are synthesized, which are used as a scaffold for surface modification in a grafting onto approach. With multi-angle dynamic light scattering, asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation, gel electrophoresis, and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, it is demonstrated that protein adsorption on PEtOxylated nanoparticles is extremely low, similar as on PEGylated nanoparticles. Moreover, quantitative microscopy reveals that PEtOxylation significantly reduces the non-specific cellular uptake, particularly by macrophage-like cells. Collectively, studies demonstrate that PEtOx is a very effective alternative to PEG for stealth modification of the surface of nanoparticles.