Polímeros: Ciência e Tecnologia
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Preparation of curcumin-loaded nanoparticles and determination of the antioxidant potential of curcumin after encapsulation

Silva-Buzanello, Rosana Aparecida da; Souza, Mateus Ferreira de; Oliveira, Daniela Alves de; Bona, Evandro; Leimann, Fernanda Vitória; Cardozo Filho, Lúcio; Araújo, Pedro Henrique Hermes de; Ferreira, Sandra Regina Salvador; Gonçalves, Odinei Hess

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Encapsulation of bioactive compounds has been carried out to improve bioavailability and to protect them against harm conditions. However, encapsulation processes are often aggressive and it is important that encapsulated substances keep their biological activity. In this work curcumin was nanoencapsulated using dichloromethane as solvent and ultrasound as dispersion device. Nanoparticles were obtained using different curcumin concentrations and encapsulants (PLLA and Eudragit S100) and the encapsulation efficiency was inferred using spectroscopic and calorimetric techniques as well as optical microscopy. Total phenolic contents and antioxidant activity tests were applied to the curcumin before and after encapsulation and also to blank polymer nanoparticles. Results demonstrated that the encapsulation process had no deleterious influence on its antioxidant activity.


curcumin, antioxidant potential, nanoencapsulation, miniemulsification.


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