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Maleimide-bearing nanogels as novel mucoadhesive materials for drug delivery

Tonglairoum, P., Brannigan, R. P., Opanasopit, P. and Khutoryanskiy, V. V. (2016) Maleimide-bearing nanogels as novel mucoadhesive materials for drug delivery. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 4 (40). pp. 6581-6587. ISSN 0959-9428

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Novel maleimide-functionalised nanogels have been synthesised via the polymerisation of 2,5-dimethylfuran-protected 3-maleimidoethyl butylacrylate in the presence of presynthesised poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) nanogel scaffolds using surfactant-free emulsion polymerisation techniques. The protected maleimide nanogels were subsequently deprotected to generate the reactive maleimide group via a retro-Diels-Alder reaction. These activated nanogels were found to exhibit excellent mucoadhesive properties on ex vivo conjunctival tissue when compared to the known mucoadhesive chitosan. In order to determine the viability of the materials as drug carriers, nanogels were loaded with a model drug compound and the in vitro release kinetics were analysed. The nanogels could sustain the release of a model drug compound over several hours owing to the swellable hydrophilic nanogel structure, exhibiting first order release kinetics. As a consequence, these findings support the potential of these maleimide-bearing nanogels as a novel platform for sustained ocular drug delivery.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF) > NMR (CAF)
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF) > Thermal (CAF)
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF) > Electron Microscopy Laboratory (CAF)
Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Pharmaceutics Research Group
ID Code:67056
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry


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