Time-dependent mucoadhesion of conjugated bioadhesive polymers

Kenneth M. Estrellas, Mark Fiecas, Aharon Azagury, Bryan Laulicht, Daniel Y. Cho, Alexis Mancini, Joshua Reineke, Stacia Furtado, Edith Mathiowitz

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The time-dependent bioadhesive performance of various polymers was evaluated using a texture analyzer apparatus and freshly excised rat small intestinal tissue. A series of novel bioadhesive polymers were prepared by conjugating L-phenylalanine, L-tyrosine, and L-DOPA to either a low molecular weight poly (butadiene-maleic anhydride) or a high molecular weight poly (ethylene-maleic anhydride). Bioadhesive force was characterized as a function of time relative to polycarbophil, a slightly cross-linked poly (acrylic acid)-derivative, revealing different fracture strengths and tensile work for each of the six backbone-side chain conjugations that were studied. While polycarbophil showed a rapid and significant loss of bioadhesion over the testing period, the newly developed synthetic polymers were able to maintain their bioadhesive performance over the course of 91 min with the overall magnitude of bioadhesion corresponding to the hydrogen bonding potential of the associated side chains. These results highlight the potential of these polymers for use in the development of more effective bioadhesive oral drug delivery systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-469
Number of pages16
JournalColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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  • Bioadhesion
  • Mucoadhesion
  • Oral drug delivery
  • Time-dependent bioadhesion


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