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QSPR Modeling of Biopharmaceutical Properties of Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (Cellulose Ethers) Tablets Based on Its Degree of Polymerization

  • Amit J. Kasabe
  • Ajit S. KulkarniEmail author
  • Vinod L. Gaikwad
Research Article


Quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR) approach has been widely used in predicting physicochemical properties of compounds. However, its application in the estimation of formulation properties based on the polymer used in it to achieve desired formulation characteristics is an extremely challenging process. In the present research, predictive QSPR models were developed by correlating the physicochemical properties of varying grades of cellulose ethers (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, HPMC) with those of nateglinide (NTG) containing tablets (in vitro and in vivo properties). Sustained release tablets of NTG were prepared by using different grades and concentrations of HPMC and subsequently characterized for in vitro as well as in vivo parameters. Further, QSPR models for individual formulation property were developed by correlating the polymeric physicochemical properties with the formulation characteristics. Subsequently, a true external validation method was used to validate the predictability of developed models. The dissolution study indicated Korsmeyer-Peppas as the best fit model following non-Fickian as drug transport mechanism extending the drug release up to 12 h. In vivo studies showed limited absorption of the NTG. Developed QSPR models showed promising validated predictability for formulation characteristics. The applicability of present work in formulation development could significantly reduce the time and cost expenditure on design trials without actually formulating a delivery system.


QSPR modeling biopharmaceutical degree of polymerization HPMC in vivo 



Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, and Excretion


Area Under the Curve


Biopharmaceutical Classification System


Differential Scanning Calorimetry


Elimination Rate Constant


Fourier Transform Infrared




Hydrochloric Acid


High Performance Liquid Chromatography


Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose


International Conference on Harmonization


Limit of Detection


Limit of Quantitation


Microcrystalline Cellulose


Molecular Design Suite


Maximum Retention Time




Quantitative Structure-Property Relationship


Root Mean Square Error


Rotations Per Minute




United States Pharmacopeia


Volume of Distribution


van der Waals



The authors are grateful to Ashland Inc. Ltd., Netherlands for providing gift samples of different grades of HPMC (K4M, K15M, K35M, K100M, and K250 PH); Cipla Ltd. (Kurkumbh, Maharashtra, India) for kind gift sample of Nateglinide, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) for supplying gift sample of Gliclazide; and Colorcon Asia Ltd. (Goa, India) for providing gift samples of microcrystalline cellulose (Avicel PH102), magnesium stearate, and talc.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Authors declare that the experiments are in compliance with the current laws of India.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Standards

Authors declare that the experiments comply with the current laws of India.

Statement of Human and Animal Rights

This article contained studies with animal subjects performed by the first author and was duly approved by the Institutional Animal Ethics Committee.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amit J. Kasabe
    • 1
  • Ajit S. Kulkarni
    • 2
    Email author
  • Vinod L. Gaikwad
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, PDEA’s Shankarrao Ursal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research CenterPuneIndia
  2. 2.Department of Pharmaceutics, Satara College of PharmacySataraIndia
  3. 3.Department of Pharmaceutics, BVDU Poona College of PharmacyPuneIndia

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