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Investigation of pH-Sensitive Swelling and Curcumin Release Behavior of Chitglc Hydrogel

Deka, Chayanika, Deka, Deepanwita, Bora, Montu Moni, Jha, Dhruva Kumar, Kakati, Dilip Kumar
Journal of polymers and the environment 2018 v.26 no.10 pp. 4034-4045
Enterobacter aerogenes, Proteus mirabilis, antibacterial properties, chitosan, curcumin, encapsulation, glucose, hydrogels, pH, reducing agents, tissue repair
Hydrogels are in use for encapsulation of curcumin for possible use in wound healing. Encapsulation helps in targeted delivery and enhanced activity of curcumin. We report here a pH sensitive hydrogel developed from chitosan. The hydrogel was prepared by reaction of chitosan and D-glucose, facilitated by the reducing agent Na-cyanoborohydride. The maximum yield of the hydrogel was obtained at pH 4.5 with the amount of chitosan, D-glucose and Na-cyanoborohydride as 0.3, 2.0 and 2.0 g respectively. A maximum curcumin loading efficiency of 74% was observed with curcumin amount in the feed at 0.15 g. The release study revealed a sustained release pattern over a period of 80 h with an initial burst release. Curcumin loaded hydrogel showed mild antibacterial activity against Proteus mirabilis and Enterobacter aerogenes.