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Author Latha, M. S. ♦ Jayakrishnan, A. ♦ Rathinam, K. ♦ Mohanty, M.
Source Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology
Content type Text
Publisher Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Technology ♦ Medicine & health ♦ Pharmacology and therapeutics
Subject Domain (in MeSH) Therapeutics ♦ Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment
Subject Keyword Drug Delivery
Abstract Glutaraldehyde cross-linked casein microspheres were loaded with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) from concentrated aqueous solutions of the drug after the microspheres were synthesized and cleaned. In-vitro release of the drug was examined in phosphate buffer in the absence and in the presence of protease at 37 degrees C. Drug release data showed that only about 20% of the drug is released in the absence of protease even after 5 days, while digestion of the matrix with protease released the entrapped drug completely in about 24 h. A protein-drug conjugate was synthesized via carbamoyl linkage using 6-(5-FU-1-yl)hexyl isocyanate and the drug release was examined in phosphate buffer at 37 degrees C. Release from the protein-5-FU conjugate was slower compared with the release from microspheres in the presence of protease. Implantation of placebo microspheres of different cross-linking densities in the gluteal muscle of rats showed no adverse tissue reactions over a one-year period. Histopathological examination of the tissues containing injected microspheres suggested that the biological life of casein microspheres in muscle is about 6 months, which is three times that of cross-linked albumin microspheres.
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Educational Framework Medical Council of India (MCI)
Volume Number 46
Issue Number 11
Page Count 5
Starting Page 858
Ending Page 862