A Novel One-Step Drug-Loading Procedure for Water-Soluble Amphiphilic Nanocarriers
A Novel One-Step Drug-Loading Procedure for Water-Soluble Amphiphilic Nanocarriers
June 2004
Fournier E.; Dufresne M-H.; Smith D.C.; Ranger M.; Leroux J-C.
Pharmaceutical Research, June 2004, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 962-968(7)
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Purpose. The lack of water-solubility hampers the use of many potent pharmaceuticals. Polymeric micelles are self-assembled nanocarriers with versatile properties that can be engineered to solubilize, target, and release hydrophobic drugs in a controlled-release fashion. Unfortunately, their large-scale use is limited by the incorporation methods available, especially when sterile dosage forms are sought.
Methods. In this manuscript, we describe a straightforward, economical, and innovative drug-loading procedure that consists in dissolving both the drug and an amphiphilic diblock copolymer in a water/tert-butanol mixture that is subsequently freeze-dried.
Results. We demonstrate that monodisperse 20-60 nm-sized drug-loaded polymeric micelles are produced directly and spontaneously upon rehydration of the freeze-dried cake. To establish the proof-of-principle, two hydrophobic taxane derivatives were solubilized in the micelles, and their partition coefficient was determined.
Conclusions. This approach is efficient yet astonishingly simple and may be of great interest for scientists working in nanotechnology and pharmaceutical sciences.
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