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Drug development and industrial pharmacy

The controlled release of tilmicosin from silica nanoparticles.


PMID 21204738

Abstract

The aim of this study was to use silica nanoparticles as the carrier for controlled release of tilmicosin. Tilmicosin was selected as a drug model molecule because it has a lengthy elimination half-life and a high concentration in milk after subcutaneous administration. Three samples of tilmicosin-loaded silica nanoparticles were prepared with different drug-loading weight. The drug-loading weight in three samples, as measured by thermal gravimetric analysis, was 29%, 42%, and 64%, respectively. With increased drug-loading weight, the average diameter of the drug-loaded silica nanoparticles was increased from 13.4 to 25.7 nm, and the zeta potential changed from-30.62 to-6.78 mV, indicating that the stability of the drug-loaded particles in the aqueous solution decreases as drug-loading weight increases. In vitro release studies in phosphate-buffered saline showed the sample with 29% drug loading had a slow and sustained drug release, reaching 44% after 72 h. The release rate rose with increased drug-loading weight; therefore, the release of tilmicosin from silica nanoparticles was well-controlled by adjusting the drug loading. Finally, kinetics analysis suggested that drug released from silica nanoparticles was mainly a diffusion-controlled process.

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