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# Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Chemistry: Biotechnical and Biomedical Applications

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At first glance, the polymer known as poly(ethylene glycol) or PEG appears to be a simple molecule. It is a linear or branched, neutral polyether, available in a variety of MWs, and soluble in water and most organic solvents. Despite its apparent simplicity, $${HO - {{\left( {C{H_2}C{H_2}O} \right)}_n} - C{H_2}C{H_2}OH} \hfill \\ {poly(ethylene\,glycol)}$$ this molecule is the focus of much interest in the biotechnical and biomedical communities. Primarily this is because PEG is unusually effective at excluding other polymers from its presence when in an aqueous environment. This property translates into protein rejection, formation of two-phase systems with other polymers, nonimmunogenicity, and nonantigenicity. In addition, the polymer is nontoxic and does not harm active proteins or cells although it interacts with cell membranes. It is subject to ready chemical modification and attachment to other molecules and surfaces, and when attached to other molecules it has little effect on their chemistry but controls their solubility and increases their size. These properties, which are described in more detail below, have led to a variety of important biotechnical and biomedical applications, a summary of which is also presented below.

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... Polymer-drug conjugation (Harris, 1992;Harris and Chess, 2003;Haag and Kratz, 2006;Pelegri-O'Day et al., 2014;Hoffman, 2016;Ekladious et al., 2019) was first described in the 1954 by German chemist, Horst Jatzkewitz, who demonstrated that covalent attachment of poly (vinyl pyrrolidone) to the psychoactive compound, mescaline, could be used to prolong its circulation and duration of action ( Figure 1A) (Jatzkewitz, 1954;Jatzkewitz, 1955;Luxenhofer, 2020). Yet despite its novelty and utility, Jatzkewitz's innovation went largely unnoticed until the mid 1970s when it was revived by Ringsdorf, Kopecek, and Duncan, among others, who championed the notion that these novel macromolecules could enhance the suboptimal activity of various pharmaceuticals (Ringsdorf, 1975). ...
... PEG's remarkable hydrophilicity, flexibility, inertness, and relative biocompatibility have found the polymer numerous uses beyond modulating drug circulation or activity and today it can be found near ubiquitously in both consumer products such as detergents, cosmetics, and car wax, as well as in industrial applications including electroplating, historical artifact preservation, and molded product production (Harris, 1992;Prime and Whitesides, 1993;Harris and Chess, 2003;Li et al., 2005;Jokerst et al., 2011). PEGylating has also been used to improve stability of contrast agents for in vivo fluorescence imaging, photodynamic therapy, and sonodynamic therapy (Ding et al., 2018;Chen et al., 2021;Xu et al., 2022). ...
... Given 1) the therapeutic impact of PEG on drug immunogenicity, 2) the possible increasing prevalence of preexisting and drug-induced PEG immunity, 3) the growing public need for safe and effective mRNA vaccines, and 4) our prevailing reliance on PEG for use in clinically approved nucleic acid and polymer-drug conjugate therapies (Schoenmaker et al., 2021), it is clear that the development and clinical validation of alternatives to (or derivatives of) PEG represents not only an unmet clinical need but also one with broad public health and national strategic interest. Indeed, the need for alternatives to PEG is a common refrain among those in the field (Harris, 1992), one as old as the first polymer-drug conjugate, Adagen; however, given the wide variety of potential candidate macromolecules such as polysaccharides, polyglycerols, and glycopolymers, (reviewed in detail elsewhere (Knop et al., 2010;Pelegri-O'Day et al., 2014;Bludau et al., 2017;Ekladious et al., 2019;Xu et al., 2022)), it begs the question as to why alternatives have yet to be approved (and studied post-approval) beyond poly(styrene co-maleic acid) (1993, Japan). Concerns over PEG immunogenicity have led some pharmaceutical companies to shy-away from or drop PEGylated products from their pipelines entirely (de Vrieze, 2020), thus the prospect of biopharma advancing clinically untested polymers through lengthy and expensive clinical trials is a difficult ask in the absence of a thoughtful incentive structure. ...
... un changement de température, de force ionique ou de pH selon le composé) comme phase dispersée permet de favoriser la création des microsphères ou de billes (Millqvist-Fureby, 2014). Pour la phase continue, le polyéthylène glycol est intéressant car il possède un large volume d'exclusion envers les protéines et permet la coacervation des molécules de gélatine (Harris, 1992;Jizomoto, 1985). De plus, il est non toxique, biocompatible et permet de préserver l'activité biologique dans le cas d'encapsulation de substances actives comme des enzymes ou peptides. ...
... Comme cela a été détaillé dans le chapitre 1, paragraphe IV-3.a), le polyéthylène glycol a lui aussi la capacité d'induire une agrégation des molécules de gélatine pour donner des gouttelettes (Harris, 1992;Kong et al., 2011). Le polyéthylène glycol et la gélatine peuvent ainsi former deux phases distinctes grâce aux larges volumes d'exclusion du PEG et à l'absence sur le PEG de sites acides sur lesquels pourraient se fixer les protéines. ...
... (Bhat and Timasheff, 1992). Des concentrations plus importantes en PEG10 favorisent aussi le repliement de la protéine, permettant de former des billes de plus petit diamètre (Harris, 1992 En résumé, les paramètres choisis pour l'élaboration des billes utilisées pour la suite des travaux de cette thèse sont regroupés dans le Tableau 3-4. Ces conditions permettent la formation de billes dont le diamètre déterminé expérimentalement selon la méthode décrite au chapitre 2, paragraphe III-2.g) ...
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... 3.3.1 Cinétique d'hydrolyse de substrat synthétique 87 3.3.2 Hydrolyse de ce substrat par les surnageants cellulaires 90 3.3.3 ...
... Les PEGs [87], sont utilisés à concentrations élevées pour précipiter des protéines, [86]. ...
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Un peptide synthétique, substrat de gélatinases A (MMP2) et B (MMP9 a été introduit par synthèses chimiques diverses entre deux polymères : une poly(éthyleneimine), (L-PEI) et un poly(éthylène glycol)5000, (mPEG5000). La conception des produits est basée sur l’inhibition de la transfection cellulaire d’ADN lié au L-PEI, par le mPEG, lorsque le peptide incorporé n’est pas clivé par ces enzymes. Un taux plus important de transfection du gène de la luciférase, transporté par ces substrats, est obtenu avec les cellules HT1080 qu’avec les cellules B16 et 3T3, alors que pas ou peu de transfection est obtenue avec les molécules-témoins. Ces résultats sont en rapport avec les activités gélatinases des surnageants de ces cellules, permettant l’élimination du mPEG. Ils laissent envisager un ciblage de gènes thérapeutiques de cellules cancéreuses avec un vecteur synthétique.
... Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is a biocompatible, water-soluble and non-ionic polymer [1]. Because of its hydrophilic and non-toxic nature, PEG has been widely used in biomedical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food processing applications [1,2]. PEG has also been reported to show unique steric repulsion/exclusion property in aqueous environment due to its high flexibility and mobility with water [2]. ...
... Because of its hydrophilic and non-toxic nature, PEG has been widely used in biomedical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food processing applications [1,2]. PEG has also been reported to show unique steric repulsion/exclusion property in aqueous environment due to its high flexibility and mobility with water [2]. This property makes PEG to be uniquely suitable for reducing protein adsorption, cell uptake, cell stimulation and cell adhesion in body environment [1][2][3]. ...
... PEG has also been reported to show unique steric repulsion/exclusion property in aqueous environment due to its high flexibility and mobility with water [2]. This property makes PEG to be uniquely suitable for reducing protein adsorption, cell uptake, cell stimulation and cell adhesion in body environment [1][2][3]. PEG and its related polymers have been commonly used as hydrogels for drug delivery, cell delivery and tissue engineering [1,[4][5][6][7]. PEG is an FDAapproved biomedical polymeric material [3]. ...
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... TA B L E 1 Hydrodynamic radii of PEG solutions obtained by viscometry (0.1 M KCl) and solution conductivity as changed by PEG addition (20% w/w); adapted from refs. [18,19] insoluble in ethyl ether, hexane, and ethylene glycol [23]. As a result, the PEGs are frequently described as amphiphilic. ...
... PEGs are commercially available in a wide range of MWs and different sizes ( Table 1). The traditionally used PEGs are polydisperse; their MW and chain length are distributed in a certain relatively low range [23]. The monodispersed PEG products with defined discrete MWs are also available. ...
... The PEGs can be used for simple chemical modification of other molecules or surfaces. These attachments do not result in any significant changes in the chemistry of the molecules reacting with the polymers; however, their solubility and dimensions can be favorably altered [23]. PEGs are approved by the FDA for internal consumption and used extensively by pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries for drug compounding, personal care products, and other applications [23,24]. ...
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... Other example is Salumedica, which commercializes Salubria™ a PVA cryogel for cartilage replacement. -14) and is available in large size range (Harris, 1992). PEGs with molecular weight (Mw) lower than 1000 g/mol are viscous liquids, while PEGs with higher Mw are solids. ...
... It should be mentioned that in literature, PEGs can be referred as poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). Usually, PEG refers to polymers with Mw lower than 20,000 g/mol, while PEO refers to those with Mw higher than 20,000 g/mol (Harris, 1992). ...
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... Inter alia, research and application in drug, protein and gene delivery systems [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18] self-assembled polymers [19][20][21][22][23], nanoreactors [24,25], bioimaging contrast agent carriers [26], anti-biofouling coatings [13,[27][28][29], sensors [30,31], tissue engineering [32][33][34] requires specifically designed polymers with suitable functionalities for appropriate bioconjugation and further biomedical application [35][36][37]. Among the plethora of synthetic polymers, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) remains the commercially available "gold standard" for biomedical application due to its high hydrophilicity combined with good solubility in organic solvents [38], low toxicity [39], and stealth behavior [40]. In addition, structural varieties such as star-PEG and a considerable diversity of end-group functionalization [38,[41][42][43] are commercially available. ...
... Among the plethora of synthetic polymers, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) remains the commercially available "gold standard" for biomedical application due to its high hydrophilicity combined with good solubility in organic solvents [38], low toxicity [39], and stealth behavior [40]. In addition, structural varieties such as star-PEG and a considerable diversity of end-group functionalization [38,[41][42][43] are commercially available. Despite PEG being generally regarded safe, antibodies against PEG [44][45][46][47] and some other limitations such as toxic side products [48,49], hypersensitivity [50,51], vacuolization [52][53][54] and accumulation in the body [40,54,55] were reported. ...
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... Inter alia, research and application in drug, protein and gene delivery systems [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18] self-assembled polymers [19][20][21][22][23], nanoreactors [24,25], bioimaging contrast agent carriers [26], anti-biofouling coatings [13,[27][28][29], sensors [30,31], tissue engineering [32][33][34] requires specifically designed polymers with suitable functionalities for appropriate bioconjugation and further biomedical application [35][36][37]. Among the plethora of synthetic polymers, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) remains the commercially available "gold standard "for biomedical application due to its high hydrophilicity combined with good solubility in organic solvents [38], low toxicity [39], and stealth behavior [40]. In addition, structural varieties such as star-PEG and a considerable diversity of endgroup functionalization [38,[41][42][43] are commercially available. ...
... Among the plethora of synthetic polymers, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) remains the commercially available "gold standard "for biomedical application due to its high hydrophilicity combined with good solubility in organic solvents [38], low toxicity [39], and stealth behavior [40]. In addition, structural varieties such as star-PEG and a considerable diversity of endgroup functionalization [38,[41][42][43] are commercially available. Despite PEG being generally regarded safe, antibodies against PEG [44][45][46][47] and some other limitations such as toxic side products [48,49], hypersensitivity [50,51], vacuolization [52][53][54] and accumulation in the body [40,54,55] were reported. ...
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... Polyethylene oxide (PEO) is a crystalline, thermoplastic polymer with general formula of (-O-CH 2 -CH 2 -) n . Unlike many other polymer systems, PEO is commercially available in a wide range of molecular weights from tens of repeating units (in this case the polymer is called polyethylene glycol, PEG) to higher than a million [20]. PEO is colorless, odorless, stable against heat and hydrolysis, acts as inert substance to many chemical reagents and is a non-toxic polymer. ...
... PEO can also undergo chain scission during UV irradiation: C-O bonds can break resulting in a pair of free radicals. Generally, the probability of cross-linking in aqueous medium is higher, whereas in bulk chain scission predominates over cross-linking [20,36,37]. However, the competition between the two reactions greatly depends on irradiation time, photo-initiator concentration and oxygen presence. ...
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... PAGs were proposed as lubricants and shale stabilizers in the 1980s [3] , and several WBDF formulations containing PAGs have been patented [4][5][6] . The PAGs may play multiple roles such as drill lubrication, bit balling prevention, loss circulation control and shale hydration inhibition when be used as additives in WBDF due to their low cost, chemical and thermal stability, as well as their biodegradable, non-toxic and non-corrosive characteristics [7][8] . As shale stabilizers, they have shown a better performance in the presence of KCl [9][10] . ...
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... The fields, such as computer-brain interfacing with neural probes or cardiac cellular electrophysiology, rely on development of soft microelectrode arrays that match mechanical chemical and electrical properties of the individual live cells. PEG-based hydrogels are prospective soft interface electrode materials due to their biocompatibility, 58 adjustable elastic moduli and ionic conductance (see recent review 59 and references therein). Sub-micron indexing of life cells with PEGDA microelectrodes can in principle be done using aforementioned multiphoton laser printing. ...
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... Non-covalent physical adsorption is desirable for some applications such as certain drug delivery systems (Richey et al. 2000) and regenerable antimicrobial textiles (Kim and Sun 2001;Sun et al. 2001). The covalent immobilizations offer some other advantages by providing the durability of active/bioactive agents, the extended half-life for biomolecules and preventing their quick metabolism (Alferiev et al. 2006;Harris 1992), as well as preventing the migration of bioactive agents to food from the active food packaging films. Grafting of polyfunctional and anchoring compounds via a spacer molecule onto the surface of the solid substrate leads to an increase in the number of available active/bioactive agents per unit area and improves the efficiency of active/bioactive agents by reducing steric restrictions. ...
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