Ningxia Engineering and Technology Research Center for Modernization of Hui Medicine & Key Laboratory of Hui Ethnic Medicine Modernization

Yinchuan, China

Ningxia Engineering and Technology Research Center for Modernization of Hui Medicine & Key Laboratory of Hui Ethnic Medicine Modernization

Yinchuan, China

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Wang H.,Ningxia Medical University | Zhang G.,Ningxia Medical University | Ma X.,Ningxia Medical University | Ma X.,Ningxia Engineering and Technology Research Center for Modernization of Hui Medicine & Key Laboratory of Hui Ethnic Medicine Modernization | And 6 more authors.
European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics | Year: 2017

Poly (lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) microparticles are widely used for controlled drug delivery. Emulsion methods have been commonly used for preparation of PLGA microparticles, but they usually result in low loading capacity, especially for drugs with poor solubility in organic solvents. In the present study, the nanocrystal technology and a water-soluble polymer template method were used to fabricate nanocrystal-loaded microparticles with improved drug loading and encapsulation efficiency for prolonged delivery of breviscapine. Breviscapine nanocrystals were prepared using a precipitation-ultrasonication method and further loaded into PLGA microparticles by casting in a mold from a water-soluble polymer. The obtained disc-like particles were then characterized and compared with the spherical particles prepared by an emulsion-solvent evaporation method. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) analysis confirmed a highly-dispersed state of breviscapine inside the microparticles. The drug form, loading percentage and fabrication techniques significantly affected the loading capacity and efficiency of breviscapine in PLGA microparticles, and their release performance as well. Drug loading was increased from 2.4% up to 15.3% when both nanocrystal and template methods were applied, and encapsulation efficiency increased from 48.5% to 91.9%. But loading efficiency was reduced as the drug loading was increased. All microparticles showed an initial burst release, and then a slow release period of 28 days followed by an erosion-accelerated release phase, which provides a sustained delivery of breviscapine over a month. A relatively stable serum drug level for more than 30 days was observed after intramuscular injection of microparticles in rats. Therefore, PLGA microparticles loaded with nanocrystals of poorly soluble drugs provided a promising approach for long-term therapeutic products characterized with preferable in vitro and in vivo performance. © 2017


Wang W.,Ningxia Medical University | Wang W.,Ningxia Engineering and Technology Research Center for Modernization of Hui Medicine & Key Laboratory of Hui Ethnic Medicine Modernization | Cai Y.,Ningxia Medical University | Liu Y.,Ningxia Medical University | And 5 more authors.
Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine and Biotechnology | Year: 2016

In this work, microemulsion-based gels were prepared for transdermal delivery of paeonol. Microemulsions containing eutectic mixtures of paeonol and menthol were developed. The obtained microemulsions were evaluated for particle size, viscosity and physical stability. The selected microemulsions were incorporated into Carbopol gels. Drug crystallization behavior during a short-term storage was compared and in vitro permeation and deposition study were conducted on mouse skin. Results showed that the eutectic liquids of paeonol and menthol at all ratio (6:4, 5:5 and 4:6) could form microemulsions but with significantly different physical characteristics. As the ratio of paeonol increased, the prepared microemulsions exhibited larger droplet size, higher viscosity and quicker crystal growth. Microemulsion containing paeonol and menthol at a ratio of 4:6 possessed the smallest size of 27 nm. Accordingly, the related gel showed better physical stability during 10 days of storage, as well as the highest percent of drug deposition (111.8 μg/cm2) and steady-state flux (0.3 μg/cm2 h). These results suggested that the microemulsion formulation is a preferable approach for enhanced skin permeation, and the microemulsion based on drug–menthol eutectic mixture might be used as a potential transdermal delivery system for better therapeutic efficacy. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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