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The effect of polymer length on the in vitro characteristics of a drug loaded and targeted silica nanoparticles.

Saudi pharmaceutical journal : SPJ : the official publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society (2018-11-13)
Areen M Khattabi, Wamidh H Talib, Diala A Alqdeimat
ABSTRACT

The objective of this research was to investigate the effect of polymer length on the in vitro characteristics of thymoquinone-melatonin (TQ-MLT) when loaded into our previously prepared targeted drug delivery system (TDDS). Our system constructed from silica nanoparticles (NPs) and modified with diamine polymer (D4000), carboxymethyl-β-cyclodextrin (CM-β-CD) and folic acid (FA), respectively. In this study, three other different lengths of polymers (D230, D400 and D2000) were used and compared to D4000. The surface modification was characterized using fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and the mean particle size as well as polydispersity (PD) was measured using dynamic light scattering (DLS). The results, in general, showed that the release rate increases as the polymer length decreases. Also, shorter polymers showed an obvious burst release of most of the drug within the first hour. On the other hand, longer polymers exhibited a more sustained release in a pulsatile manner, with two moderate drug burst patterns occurred within the first and the last few hours. The in vitro cell viability assay showed that the percentage of cell toxicity toward HeLa cells increases with increasing the polymer length.

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Product Description

Sigma-Aldrich
trans-Dehydroandrosterone, ≥99%
Sigma-Aldrich
Melatonin, powder, ≥98% (TLC)