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Dual agents loaded PLGA nanoparticles: Systematic study of particle size and drug entrapment efficiency

Authors
Journal
European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
0939-6411
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
69
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpb.2008.01.013
Keywords
  • Vincristine Sulfate
  • Quercetin
  • Plga
  • Nanoparticles
  • O/W

Abstract

Abstract PLGA nanoparticles simultaneously loaded with vincristine sulfate (VCR) and quercetin (QC) were prepared via O/W emulsion solvent evaporation. Six independent processing parameters and PLGA characteristics were assessed systematically to enhance the incorporation of the dual agents with different properties (VCR and QC, hydrophilic and hydrophobic molecule, respectively) into PLGA nanoparticles and control particle size. Approaches investigated for the enhancement of drug entrapment efficiencies and the controlling of particle size included the influence of the molecular weight (MW) of PLGA and the lactide-to-glycolide (L:G) ratio of PLGA, PLGA concentration, PVA concentration, initial QC content, acetone-to-dichloromethane (A/D) volume ratio, aqueous phase pH and aqueous to organic phase (W/O) volume ratio. The nanoparticles produced by optimal formulation were submicron size (139.5 ± 4.3nm, n = 3) with low polydispersity index (0.095 ± 0.031, n = 3). Nanoparticles observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed extremely spherical shape. The entrapment efficiencies determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) by ultracentrifuge method were 92.84 ± 3.37% for VCR and 32.66 ± 2.92% for QC ( n = 3). The drug loadings were 0.0037 ± 0.0001% for VCR and 1.36 ± 0.12% for QC ( n = 3).

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