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α-Tocopherol loaded thermosensitive polymer nanoparticles: preparation, in vitro release and antioxidant properties

Quintero, Cirley; Vera, Ricardo; Perez, Leon Dario
Abstract:
α-Tocopherol is the most bioavailable and active compound found in vitamin E with potential application in pharmaceutical, alimentary and cosmetic industries. However, its low solubility in aqueous medium and environmental instability limit its dosage. In this paper, we report the preparation of α-tocopherol loaded nanoparticles (TOC-NP) based on amphiphilic thermosensitive triblock copolymers PNIPAM-b-PCL-b-PNIPAM. The nanoparticles exhibited a core – shell structure, were positively charged and presented average diameters below 300 nm. TOC-NP presented controlled release of α-tocopherol at room temperature along 140h, and exhibited antioxidant properties in aqueous medium.
Keywords:
α-tocopherol, polycaprolactone, thermosensitive nanoparticles, triblock copolymer.


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