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|Title:||Development and characterization of PLA nanoparticles as carriers for topical delivery|
|Author(s):||Fernandes, Bruno Pacheco|
Gomes, A. C.
Paulo, Artur Cavaco
|Citation:||Fernandes, Bruno; Silva, Raquel; Gomes, A. C.; Paulo, Artur Cavaco, Development and characterization of PLA nanoparticles as carriers for topical delivery. IPFB2014 - 8th International Conference on Polymer and Fiber Biotechnology. Braga, Portugal, May 25-27, 2014.|
|Abstract(s):||Nanoparticles are seen today as one of the best approaches for the delivery of drugs into the skin. Poly (Lactic Acid) (PLA) is biocompatible and biodegradable and already approved for clinical use. Thus, this work aimed to study the effect of several parameters on the properties of PLA nanoparticles (PLA-NPs) intended for topical delivery. The yield of nanoparticles formation and entrapment efficiencies of lipophilic and hydrophilic model compounds in PLA-NPs were assessed. We evaluated the effects of mechanical stirring, solvent composition and presence of tri-bloc polymers on the protocol for the production of PLA-NPs. The best protocol provided a monodispersed population of non-cytotoxic spherical particles of !150 nm and a yield of nanoparticles formation of !90%. This formulation also proved to be efficient in the encapsulation of lipophilic and hydrophilic model compounds (>80%). The best protocol for the production of PLA-NPs includes a nanoprecipitation step, which is easily up scalable.|
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