In this paper, the potential of novel polymeric micelles as drug delivery systems for Beclomethasone Dipropionate (BDP) administration into the lung is investigated. These nanostructures are obtained starting from Î±,Î²-poly(N-2-hydroxyethyl)-D,L-aspartamide (PHEA), which was subsequently functionalized with O-(2-aminoethyl)-Oâ-methylpolyethylenglycole (PEG2000), ethylenediamine (EDA) and lipoic acid (LA), obtaining PHEA-PEG2000-EDA-LA graft copolymer. Empty and drug-loaded micelles possess adequate chemical-physical characteristics for pulmonary administration such as spherical shape, slightly positive surface charge and mean size of about 200Â nm. Besides, BDP-loaded micelles, obtained with a Drug Loading equal to 5Â wt%, result to be stable in physiological-mimicking media, protecting the drug from hydrolysis and giving a sustained drug release profile. Moreover, the micelle-like structure and surface characteristics seems to improve drug permeation through the mucus layer. Finally, it is also demonstrated that BDP-loaded PHEA-PEG2000-EDA-LA micelles are able to increase cell uptake of BDP of about 44Â wt% compared to ClenilÂ®on 16-HBE cells and possess an higher biocompatibility in comparison with the same commercial formulation.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||COLLOIDS AND SURFACES. B, BIOINTERFACES|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry