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Influence of PLGA and PLGA-PEG on the dissolution profile of oxaliplatin

Pereira, Emiliane Daher; Cerruti, Renata; Fernandes, Edson; Peña, Luis; Saez, Vivian; Pinto, José Carlos; Ramón, José Angel; Oliveira, Geiza Esperandio; Souza Júnior, Fernando Gomes de

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Oxaliplatin was inserted into polymeric matrices aiming to study the interaction of this drug with these polymers and its capability to diffuse to the environment. Tested polymers were: (1) polyethylene glycol (PEG), (2) poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), and (3) a copolymer of them (PLGA-PEG). The latter two were synthesized by us using polycondensation in bulk. Oxaliplatin was included in the matrices by the melt mixing process followed by casting. Fourier tran sform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR) and X-ray diffraction (DRX) studies of the polymers were performed proving the obtaining of the desired materials. In addition, the interaction between drug and matrices and the release profile of the oxaliplatin from these matrices were analyzed. Among them, PEG did not control the oxaliplatin release. In turn, PLGA and PLGA-PEG present drug release profiles quite similar. Oxaliplatin was completely released from PLGA and PLGA-PEG in 5 hours, by a relaxation mechanism. There was no evidence of oxaliplatin interaction with the different polymers. In addition, as the PEG improves the biocompatibility and biomasking, obtained results prove the obtaining of a drug release system, which allowed the total use of the drug improving the cancer treatment and even the welfare of the patients.


oxaliplatin, drug delivery, biodegradable polymer, PLGA-PEG, block copolymer


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