Maleimide functionalized PEG-PLA is a useful reagent to prepare core-shell nanoparticles with a thiol-reactive maleimide for conjugation with peptide or proteins bearing free thiols. PEG-PLA is an
amphiphilic AB diblock copolymer consisting of a hydrophilic block
polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polyethylene oxide (PEO) and a hydrophobic
block polylactic acid or polylactide (PLA). The PEG polymer is capped a
methyl ether group, and the hydrophobic block terminates with a hydroxyl
group. PEGylated copolymers with biodegradable and biocompatible
polyester segments can be used to prepare core-shell micelles,
nanoparticles and microspheres.
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