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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 2841682, 7 pages
Research Article

Preparation of a Microporous Polyurethane Film with Negative Surface Charge for siRNA Delivery via Stent

1Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, College of Health Science, Eulji University, Seongnam, Republic of Korea
2Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Health Science, Eulji University, 553 Sansungdai-ro, Soojung-gu, Seongnam, Republic of Korea

Correspondence should be addressed to Sangsoo Park

Received 6 November 2016; Accepted 7 February 2017; Published 6 March 2017

Academic Editor: Binnur A. Temel

Copyright © 2017 Il-Hoon Cho and Sangsoo Park. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Polyurethane (PU) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) were used to prepare a porous stent-covering material for the controlled delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA). Microporous polymer films were prepared using a blend of polyurethane and water-soluble polyethylene glycol by the solution casting method; the PEG component was extracted in water to make the film microporous. This film was dipped in 2% poly(methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) solution to coat the polymer film with the anionic polyelectrolyte. The chemical components of the film surface were characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and its structural morphology was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The effect of the negatively charged surface after attachment of a fluorescein isothiocyanate- (FITC-) labeled siRNA-polyethyleneimine complex onto the microporous polyurethane film and the controlled release of the complex from the film was investigated by fluorescence microscopy. Fluorescence microscopy showed the PU surface with intense fluorescence by the aggregates of the FITC-labeled-siRNA-PEI complex (measuring up to few microns in size); additionally, the negatively charged PU surface revealed broad and diffuse fluorescence. These results suggest that the construction of negatively charged microporous polyurethane films is feasible and could be applied for enhancing the efficiency of siRNA delivery via a stent-covering polyurethane film.