Here, we evaluated the feasibility of non-prodrug PEG-drug conjugates to decrease the accumulation of drugs within the placental tissues. The results showed that PEG was biocompatible with the human placenta with no alteration of the basal rate of proliferation or apoptosis in term placental explants. No significant changes in the released levels of lactate dehydrogenase and the human chorionic gonadotropin were observed after PEG treatment. The cellular uptake studies revealed that conjugating Cy5.5 and haloperidol to PEG significantly reduced (by up to ~40 folds) their uptake by the placenta. These findings highlight the viability of novel non-prodrug polymer-drug conjugates to avoid the accumulation of drugs within the placenta.
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 11 Nov 2021|