Carboxymethyl-Dextran-Coated Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for drug Delivery: Influence of the Coating Thickness on the Particle Properties

Chiara Turrina, Davide Milani, Anna Klassen, Diana M. Rojas-González, Jennifer Cookman, Matthias Opel, Barbara Sartori, Petra Mela, Sonja Berensmeier, Sebastian P. Schwaminger*

*Korrespondierende/r Autor/-in für diese Arbeit

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Carboxymethyl-dextran (CMD)-coated iron oxide nanoparticles (IONs) are of great interest in nanomedicine, especially for applications in drug delivery. To develop a magnetically controlled drug delivery system, many factors must be considered, including the composition, surface properties, size and agglomeration, magnetization, cytocompatibility, and drug activity. This study reveals how the CMD coating thickness can influence these particle properties. ION@CMD are synthesized by co-precipitation. A higher quantity of CMD leads to a thicker coating and a reduced superparamagnetic core size with decreasing magnetization. Above 12.5–25.0 g L −1 of CMD, the particles are colloidally stable. All the particles show hydrodynamic diameters < 100 nm and a good cell viability in contact with smooth muscle cells, fulfilling two of the most critical characteristics of drug delivery systems. New insights into the significant impact of agglomeration on the magnetophoretic behavior are shown. Remarkable drug loadings (62%) with the antimicrobial peptide lasioglossin and an excellent efficiency (82.3%) were obtained by covalent coupling with the EDC/NHS (N-ethyl-N′-(3-(dimethylamino)propyl)carbodiimide/N-hydroxysuccinimide) method in comparison with the adsorption method (24% drug loading, 28% efficiency). The systems showed high antimicrobial activity with a minimal inhibitory concentration of 1.13 µM (adsorption) and 1.70 µM (covalent). This system successfully combines an antimicrobial peptide with a magnetically controllable drug carrier.

FachzeitschriftInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Dez. 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Werkstoffchemie
  • Molekularbiologie
  • Spektroskopie
  • Katalyse
  • Anorganische Chemie
  • Angewandte Informatik
  • Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie
  • Organische Chemie

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science


  • BioTechMed-Graz


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