Synthesis of Plant Latex Based Hybrid Nanocarriers Using Surfactants for Curcumin Delivery

  • Antony V. SamrotEmail author
  • K. Sahiti
  • Karanam Sai Bhavya
  • B. Suvedhaa
Original Paper


Plants exude polymer particles through a white sap known as the latex. These latexes are complex mixtures that consist of polar and non-polar components. Extracting these components using different polarity solvents and re-mixing with surfactants results in the formation of nanoparticles. In this study, latex from Euphorbia antiquorum and Calotropis gigantea was collected. Polar and non-polar components were extracted using water and benzene respectively and characterized by UV–Vis spectrometry, FTIR and GC–MS. Both the polar and non polar extracts together were subjected for nanocarrier synthesis using surfactants (Triton X, SDS, CTAB, TWEEN 20 and SPAN 20) by sample emulsion solvent evaporation technique. The obtained nanocarrier was characterized using different analytical techniques like UV Vis, FTIR, SEM, AFM. The nanocarriers were also loaded with curcumin and subjected for drug delivery studies invitro. Using the latex of C. gigantea and E. antiquorum, curcumin loaded nanoparticles of size 300 nm was produced. Triton X was producing smaller nanoparticles and all the nanoparticles were releasing the loaded curcumin in acidic environment only.


Euphorbia antiquorum Calotropis gigantea Latex Hybrid nanocarriers Drug delivery 


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All the authors of this paper have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antony V. Samrot
    • 1
    Email author
  • K. Sahiti
    • 1
  • Karanam Sai Bhavya
    • 1
  • B. Suvedhaa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologySathyabama Institute of Science and TechnologyChennaiIndia

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