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Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces. 2008 Apr 1;62(2):220-31. Epub 2007 Oct 11.

PLGA, chitosan or chitosan-coated PLGA microparticles for alveolar delivery? A comparative study of particle stability during nebulization.

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Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology, Department of Pharmacy, University of Patras, Rio 26510, Greece.


Various types of rifampicin (RIF)-loaded microparticles were compared for their stability during nebulization. Poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), chitosan (CHT) and PLGA/CHT microparticles (MPs) were prepared by emulsion or precipitation techniques. MPs ability to be nebulized (NE%) as well as stability during freeze-drying or/and nebulization (NEED%), were evaluated after RIF extraction from MPs and determination by light spectroscopy. MP mean diameters and zeta-potential values were measured by dynamic light scattering, morphology was assessed by SEM, cytotoxicity by MTT method and mucoadhesive properties by mucin association. In all cases, freeze-drying prior to nebulization did not affect EE%, NE or NEED%. In CHT, MPs RIF encapsulation efficiency (EE%) decreased with increasing CHT concentration (viscosity) and CHT-MP NEED% was higher when the polymer was crosslinked by glutaraldehyde. PLGA MPs, exhibited both higher RIF EE% and also higher nebulization ability and NEED%, compared to CHT ones, but also higher cytotoxicity. However, when the two polymers were combined in the PLGA/CHT MPs, EE%, NE% and NEED% increased with increasing MP CHT-content. PLGA/CHT MPs with 0.50% or 0.75% CHT exhibited highest EE% for RIF and also best nebulization ability and stability, compared to all other MP formulations studied. Additionally they had good mucoadhesive properties and comparably low cytotoxicity.

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