The objective of this study was to develop new drug delivery systems (DDS) and nutrient delivery systems (NDS), using starch as a carrier material for infusion technology. Corn, waxy rice, non-waxy rice, and potato starches were used as carrier materials. Sodium fluorescein was used as an infusion material for easy detection. Each starch suspension with sodium fluorescein was reacted in a water bath at 40, 50, and 60 °C for 30 min. After each reaction, the concentration of sodium fluorescein in the supernatant was measured using a fluorescence detector. Precipitated starch was observed using fluorescence microscopy. About 70% of sodium fluorescein infused in waxy rice and corn starches at 60 °C. Additionally, the granules of these two starches were luminous by green light when exposed to a fluorescence detector, suggesting that corn and waxy rice starches can be used as carrier materials in infusion technology for DDS and NDS.
Drug delivery system Nutrient delivery system Infusion Starch Sodium fluorescein
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This research was supported by the Main Research Program (E0164800-03) of the Korea Food Research Institute (KFRI) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning.
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