Biomacromolecules, Vol.20, No.11, 4230-4240, 2019
High Fluorescent Hyperbranched Polysiloxane Containing beta-Cyclodextrin for Cell Imaging and Drug Delivery
Hyperbranched polysiloxane (HBPSi) is attracting increasing attention due to its intrinsic fluorescence and good biocompatibility. However, it is very challenging to explore its biological applications because of the low fluorescence intensity and quantum yield. Herein, we introduced rigid beta-cyclodextrin to the end of flexible polysiloxane chain to synthesize a novel fluorescent polymer (HBPSi-CD) and explore its biological applications. Results showed that the fluorescence intensity and quantum yield of HBPSi-CD, compared with HBPSi, were significantly enhanced. Theoretical calculations and transmission a cl electron microscopy demonstrated that the synergy effect of intra/intermolecular hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic effect promoted the formation of large supramolecular self-assemblies and space electron delocalization systems, leading to intense fluorescence. Notably, the biocompatible HBPSi-CD not only lighted up mouse fibroblast cells, but also possessed high ibuprofen loading capacity (160 mg g(-1)) and superior pH-responsive drug release performance. This work promoted the development of biological applications of HBPSi.