UV-PHOTOCROSSLINKING OF INULIN DERIVATIVES TO PRODUCE HYDROGELS FOR DRUG DELIVERY APPLICATION

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Abstract

In this work, INU, a natural polysaccharide, has been chemically modified in order to obtain new photocrosslinkable derivatives. To reach this goal, INU has been derivatized with MA thus obtaining four samples (INU-MA derivatives) as a function of the temperature and time of reaction. An aqueous solution of the derivative INU-MA1 was irradiated by using a UV lamp with an emission range from 250 to 364 nm and without using photoinitiators. The obtained hydrogel showed a remarkable water affinity but it underwent a partial degradation in simulated gastric fluid. To overcome this drawback, INU-MA 1 was derivatized with SA thus obtaining the INU-MA1-SA derivative designed to produce a hydrogel showing a low swelling and an increased chemical stability in acidic medium. Ibuprofen, as a model drug, was loaded by soaking into INU-MA1 and INU-MA1-SA hydrogeis and its release from these matrices was evaluated in simulated gastrointestinal fluids. INU-MA1 hydrogel showed the ability to quickly release the entrapped drug thus indicating its potential as a matrix for an oral formulation. INU-MA1-SA hydrogel showed a pH-responsive drug delivery. Therefore it is a a promising candidate for controlled drug release in the intestinal tract.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1074-1084
Number of pages11
JournalMacromolecular Bioscience
Volume5
Publication statusPublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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