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A comparative study on the efficiency of chitosan-N-acetylcysteine, chitosan oligosaccharides or carboxymethyl chitosan surface modified nanostructured lipid carrier for ophthalmic delivery of curcumin

Li, Jinyu, Liu, Dandan, Tan, Guoxin, Zhao, Zhinan, Yang, Xinggang, Pan, Weisan
Carbohydrate polymers 2016 v.146 pp. 435-444
acetylcysteine, chitosan, coatings, cornea, curcumin, drugs, eye irritation tests, lipids, nanocarriers, oligosaccharides, particle size, permeability, polymers, tissues, toxicity, zeta potential
To develop a potential nanocarrier for the topical ocular administration of curcumin (CUR), a novel thiolated chitosan was synthesized by the covalent binding between N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) and chitosan (CS) to surface modify the nanostructured lipid carrier loaded CUR (CUR-NLC). And the superiorities of the CS-NAC co polymer coated CUR-NLC over chitosan oligosaccharides (COS) or carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS) modification were also verified in detail. As expected, the increment in particle size and the reversal of zeta potential occurred after surface decorating, and the most prominent electropositivity was obtained for the CS-NAC-CUR-NLC group. Additionally, the utilization of the CS-NAC coating demonstrated an effectively controlled release over 72h and attained a 6.4 and 18.8 fold increase in apparent permeability coefficients (Papp) compared with the CUR-NLC and the self-made eye drops, respectively. Meanwhile, the clearance rate of the NLC labeled with Rhodamine B was significantly delayed in the presence of CS-NAC. By contrast, CS-NAC-CUR-NLC was superior to the COS and CMCS coated ones in view of in vitro release, drug permeability and corneal retention. Moreover, the results of the in-vivo and in-vitro characteristics demonstrated that the promoting effect of CMCS coating was relatively weaker than COS coated ones. Ocular irritation test was executed on the CS-NAC-CUR-NLC, neither a sign of toxicity nor irritation to the external ocular tissues was observed. In conclusion, CS-NAC-CUR-NLC possesses a greater potential as an ocular drug-delivery system comparing with the COS-CUR-NLC and CMCS-CUR-NLC.