Electro-Stimulated Release of Poorly Water-Soluble Drug from Poly(Lactic Acid)/Carboxymethyl Cellulose/ZnO Nanocomposite Film

Gunathilake, Thennakoon M. Sampath U. and Ching, Yern Chee and Chuah, Cheng Hock and Hai, Nguyen Dai and Nai-Shang, Liou (2020) Electro-Stimulated Release of Poorly Water-Soluble Drug from Poly(Lactic Acid)/Carboxymethyl Cellulose/ZnO Nanocomposite Film. Pharmaceutical Research, 37 (9). ISSN 07248741, DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11095-020-02910-z.

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Purpose Among various types of external stimuli-responsive DDS, electric-responsive DDS are more promising carriers as they exploit less complex, easily miniaturized electric signal generators and the possibility of fine-tuning the electric signals. This study investigates the use of intrinsically biocompatible biopolymers in electro-simulative drug delivery to enhance the release of poorly-soluble/non-ionic drug. Methods CMC/PLA/ZnO/CUR nanocomposite films were prepared by the dispersion of CMC and ZnO NPs in solubilized PLA/curcumin medium, followed by solvent casting step. Curcumin is poorly water-soluble and used as the model drug in this study. The films with different contents of CMC, PLA and ZnO NPs were characterized using FTIR, impedance spectroscopy, tensile testing and FESEM imaging. The in vitro drug release of the films was carried out in deionized water under DC electric field of 4.5 V. Results The ionic conductivity of the films increased with increasing the CMC concentration of the film. The addition of a small amount of ZnO NPs (2%) successfully restored the tensile properties of the film. In response to the application of the electric field, the composite films released drug with a near-linear profile. There was no noticeable amount of passive diffusion of the drug from the film with the absence of the electric field. Conclusion The outcome of this study enabled the design of an electric-responsive nanocomposite platform for the delivery of poorly water-soluble/non-ionic drugs.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia (Grant No. PR006-2019A), Universiti Malaya (Grant No. ST017-2018), Institut Pengurusan dan Pemantauan Penyelidikan, Universiti Malaya (Grant No. GPF002A-2019, ST007-2019)
Uncontrolled Keywords: biodegradable; carboxymethyl cellulose; curcumin; electro-stimulated; on-demand drug delivery; ZnO nanoparticle
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2023 13:57
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2023 13:57
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/36474

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