Naphthalocyanine as a New Photothermal Actuator for Lipid-Based Drug Delivery Systems

Joanne D. Du, Linda Hong, Angel Tan, Ben J. Boyd

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One approach to address the substantial global burden of ocular diseases such as aged related macular degeneration is using light-activated drug delivery to obviate the need for highly invasive and frequent, costly intravitreal injections. To enable such systems, new light responsive materials are required. This communication reports the use of silicon 2,3-naphthalocyanine bis(trihexylsilyloxide) (SiNC), a small molecule photosensitizer, as a new actuator for triggering light responsive lipid-based drug delivery systems. Small-angle X-ray scattering was used to confirm that the addition of SiNC imparted light sensitivity to the lipid systems, resulting in a complete phase transition within 20 s of near-infrared irradiation. The phase transition was also reversible, suggesting the potential for on-demand drug delivery. When compared to the phase transitions induced using alternative light responsive actuators, gold nanorods and graphene, there were some differences in phase behavior. Namely, the phytantriol with SiNC system transitioned directly to the inverse micellar phase, skipping the intermediate inverse hexagonal structure. The photodynamic properties and efficiency in controlling the release of drug suggest that SiNC-actuated lipid systems have the potential to reduce the burden of repeated intravitreal injections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1766-1770
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2018

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