The current paper reports on the relase properties of conductive fabrics coated with proteinaceous microspheres containing a dye. The release of the dye was achieved by passing an electric current through the fabric. The conductivity of the polyester fibers resulted from nanosilver (Ag NPs) coated on the surface of these fibers. Both types of coatings (nanosilver coating and the coating of the proteinaceous microspheres) were performed using high-intensity ultrasonic waves. Two different types of dyes, hydrophilic RBBR (Remazol Brilliant Blue R) and hydrophobic ORO (Oil Red O), were encapsulated inside the microspheres (attached to the surface of polyester) and then released by applying an electric current. The Proteinaceous Microsphere (PM)-coated conductive fabrics could be used in medicine for drug release. The encapsulated dye can be replaced with a drug that could be released from the surface of fabrics by applying a low voltage.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In the present study, the molecular and magnetic dual-targeted redox-responsive folic acid-cysteine-Fe3O4 microcapsules (FA-Cys-Fe3O4 MCs) have been synthesized via the sonochemical technique, and targeting molecule (folic acid) and Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles are introduced into the microcapsule shells successfully. The obtained FA-Cys-Fe3O4 MCs show excellent magnetic responsive ability by the oriented motion under an external magnetic field. The hydrophobic fluorescent dye (Coumarin 6) is successfully loaded into the FA-Cys-Fe3O4 MCs, demonstrating that it could be also easily realized to encapsulate hydrophobic drugs into the FA-Cys-Fe3O4 MCs when the drugs are dispersed into the oil phase before sonication. Cellular uptake demonstrates that FA-Cys-Fe3O4 MCs could target selectively the cells via folate-receptor-mediated endocytosis. Moreover, the FA-Cys-Fe3O4 MCs show their potential ability to be an attractive carrier for drug controlled release owing to the redox responsiveness of the disulfide in the microcapsule shells.
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