Poly(N-Isopropylacrylamide-Co-Acrylic Acid) Smart Nanocarriers for Drug Release: A Study of Theophylline Delivery
- Corresponding Author:
- A. Álvarez–Bautista
Instituto de Biología Experimental e Tecnologica (IBET)
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Received date: September 30, 2015 Accepted date: December 19, 2015 Published date: December 21, 2015
Citation:Álvarez–Bautista A, Mendizábal E, Duarte CMM, Katime I (2015) Poly(N–Isopropylacrylamide–Co–Acrylic Acid) Smart Nanocarriers for Drug Release: A Study of Theophylline Delivery. J Mol Genet Med 9:196. doi:10.4172/1747-0862.1000196
Copyright: ©2015 Álvarez–Bautista A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Copolymeric nanoparticles of poly(N–isopropylacrylamide–co–acrylic acid) have been synthesized by inverse microemulsion polymerization. The obtained nanoparticles have been characterized by FTIR and DSC, to detect her molecular structure and glass transition temperatures respectively, by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and quasielastic light scattering (QLS) to determine the sizes and size distribution of gels synthesized. The swelling of these nanogels has been studied in order to know their response at different pH and crosslinking agent concentration. These nanoparticles have subsequently been charged with a vasodilator drug (theophylline) to study the release–kinetics of the drug release at different pH. These nanogels have shown a controlled release at basic environment. After further biological viability studies this system could be used as smart carriers in nanomedicine.