Inulin has been derivatized with methacrylic anhydride (MA) and succinic anhydride (SA) to obtain a methacrylated/succinilated derivative (INU-MA-SA) able to produce a pH sensitive hydrogel after UV irradiation. The hydrogel was characterized and loaded with diflunisal (10.4, 17 and 24%, w/w) chosen as a model drug. The drug release from INU-MA-SA-based hydrogel to a biomembrane model made by unilamellar vesicles of dimyristoylphosphatidyl-choline (DMPC) was investigated at pH 4.0 and 7.4 by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) that appears to be a suitable technique to follow the transfer kinetics of a drug from a controlled release system to a biomembrane model. The drug release from the hydrogel was compared with the dissolution of drug solid form by examining the effects exerted on the thermotropic behaviour of the DMPC unilamellar vesicles. The transferred drug and the release rate were affected by the drug loading as well as by the pH of the external medium. In particular the release was not linearly related to the drug loading but an intermediate loading allowed a better release at both investigated pHs, with a faster and more complete release observed at pH 7.4.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pharmaceutical Science