pH-SENSITIVE HYDROGEL BASED ON A NOVEL PHOTOCROSS-LINKABLE COPOLYMER

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Abstract

A pH sensitive hydrogel has been prepared by a UV irradiation technique. Starting polymer was the PHM (poly hydroxyethylaspartamide methacrylated) oibtained from polyaspartamide (PHEA) partially derivatized with methacrylic anhydride (MA). This new copolymer has been further derivatized with succinic anhydride (SA) to obtain PHM-SA that has been cross-linked by UV irradiation to form a pH sensitive hydrogel. The network, recovered after washing as a powder, has been characterized by FT-IR spectrophotometry and size distribution analysis. Moreover, to have information about water affinity of the prepared sample, swelling measurements have been carried out in aqueous media mimicking biological fluids. The possibility to employ the prepared hydrogel as a pH-sensitive drug delivery system (DDS) has been investigated. In particular, ibuprofen ((S)(+)4-isobutyl--methylphenyl-acetic acid), chosen as a model drug, has been entrapped into PHM-SA hydrogel, and in vitro release studies have showed that its release rate depends on different swelling of the network as a function of the environmental pH.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1973-1982
Numero di pagine10
RivistaBiomacromolecules
Volume5(5)
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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