Azobenzene polyesters used as gate-like scaffolds in nanoscopic hybrid systems

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The synthesis and characterisation of new capped silica mesoporous nanoparticles for on-command delivery applications is reported. Functional capped hybrid systems consist of MCM-41 nanoparticles functionalised on the external surface with polyesters bearing azobenzene derivatives and rhodamine B inside the mesopores. Two solid materials, Rh-PAzo8-S and Rh-PAzo6-S, containing two closely related polymers, PAzo8 and PAzo6, in the pore outlets have been prepared. Materials Rh-PAzo8-S and Rh-PAzo6-S showed an almost zero release in water due to steric hindrance imposed by the presence of anchored bulky polyesters, whereas a large delivery of the cargo was observed in the presence of an esterase enzyme due to the progressive hydrolysis of polyester chains. Moreover, nanoparticles Rh-PAzo8-S and Rh-PAzo6-S were used to study the controlled release of the dye in intracellular media. Nanoparticles were not toxic for HeLa cells and endocytosis-mediated cell internalisation was confirmed by confocal microscopy. Furthermore, the possible use of capped materials as a drug-delivery system was demonstrated by the preparation of a new mesoporous silica nanoparticle functionalised with PAzo6 and loaded with the cytotoxic drug camptothecin (CPT-PAzo6-S). Following cell internalisation and lysosome resident enzyme-dependent gate opening, CPT-PAzo6-S induced CPT-dependent cell death in HeLa cells. The gate way: A bio-controlled gated material has been prepared by the grafting of azobenzene-functionalised polyesters onto the pore outlets of a mesoporous support. The esterase-induced hydrolysis of the ester bond in the polyester moiety (see scheme) allows release to the bulk solution of a dye or cytotoxic drug entrapped in the pores of the hybrid material. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.