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Electrospun matrices for localised controlled drug delivery: release of tetracycline hydrochloride from layers of polycaprolactone and poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate)


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Alhusein, N., Blagbrough, I. S. and De Bank, P. A., 2012. Electrospun matrices for localised controlled drug delivery: release of tetracycline hydrochloride from layers of polycaprolactone and poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate). Drug Delivery and Translational Research, 2 (6), pp. 477-488.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13346-012-0106-y

    Abstract

    We report the controlled release of tetracycline (Tet) HCl from a three-layered electrospun matrix for the first time. Five formulations of electrospun poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) and poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) (PEVA) have been designed, prepared as micro/nanofibre layers, and assayed for the controlled release of the clinically useful antibiotic Tet HCl with potential applications in wound healing and especially in complicated skin and skin-structure infections. Tet HCl was also chosen as amodel drug possessing a good ultraviolet (UV) chromophore and capable of fluorescence together with limited stability. Tet HCl was successfully incorporated (essentially quantitatively at 3 %, w/w) and provided controlled release from multilayered electrospun matrices. The Tet HCl release test was carried out by a total immersion method on 2×2 cm2 electrospun fibrous mats in Tris or phosphate-buffered saline heated to 37 °C. The formulation PCL/PEVA/PCL with Tet HCl in each layer gave a large initial (burst) release followed by a sustained release. Adding a third layer to the two-layered formulations led to release being sustained from 6 days to more than 15 days. There was no detectable loss of Tet chemical stability (as shown by UVand NMR) or bioactivity (as shown by a modified Kirby–Bauer disc assay). Using Tet HClsensitive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 25923), the Tet HCl-loaded three-layered matrix formulations were still showing significantly higher antibacterial effects on days 4 and 5 than commercially available Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test Discs of Tet HCl. Electrospinning provides good encapsulation efficiency of Tet HCl within PCL/PEVA/PCL polymers in micro/nanofibre layers which display sustained antibiotic release.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsAlhusein, N., Blagbrough, I. S. and De Bank, P. A.
    DOI10.1007/s13346-012-0106-y
    DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Pharmacy & Pharmacology
    Research CentresCentre for Regenerative Medicine
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code32343

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