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Drug release from the enzyme-degradable and pH-sensitive hydrogel composed of glycidyl methacrylate dextran and poly(acrylic acid)

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Hydrogels composed of glycidyl methacrylate dextran (GMD) and poly(acrylic acid, PAA) were prepared by UV irradiation method for colon-specific drug delivery. GMD was synthesized by coupling of glycidyl methacrylate to dextran in the presence of 4-(N,N-dimethylamino)pyridine. GMD was photo-polymerized by ammonium peroxydisulfate as initiating system in phosphate-buffered solution (0.1 M, pH 7.4). And then, acrylic acid monomer was added and subsequently heat-polymerized by 2,2′-azobisisobutyronitrile as an initiator. The hydrogels exhibited high swelling ratio (about 20) at 37°C, and showed a pH-dependent swelling behavior. In addition, the swelling ratio of the hydrogel was remarkably enhanced to about 45 times in the presence of dextranase at pH 7.4. The swelling-deswelling behavior proceeded reversibly for the GMD/PAA hydrogels between pH 2 and pH 7.4. Release of 5-aminosalicylic acid from the GMD/PAA hydrogels was evaluated in simulated gastrointestinal pH fluids in the absence or presence of dextranase. We concluded that the hydrogels prepared could be used as a dual-sensitive drug carrier for sequential release in gastrointestinal tract.

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Kim, I., Oh, I. Drug release from the enzyme-degradable and pH-sensitive hydrogel composed of glycidyl methacrylate dextran and poly(acrylic acid). Arch Pharm Res 28, 983–987 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02973887

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Key words

  • Hydrogel
  • Dextran
  • Poly(acrylic acid)
  • Colon-specific drug delivery
  • 5-Aminosalicylic acid