Author(s): LeoneBay A, McInnes C, Wang N, DeMorin F, Achan D,
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Abstract A series of benzoylated and phenylsulfonylated amino acids are novel, low molecular weight, self-assembling molecules. At low pH, these compounds form microspheres that dissolve readily under neutral conditions. In a given synthetic series, those molecules with low aqueous solubility formed microspheres more readily than did the molecules possessing high water solubility, suggesting that the hydrophobicity of these compounds contributes to the ability to form microspheres. In addition, molecular modeling studies on selected compounds have shown that microsphere formation may depend also on various aromatic ring and dipole-dipole interactions, which could effect the extent and types of favorable stacking conformations between molecules. The microspheres prepared from these compounds have been used to effect the oral delivery of salmon calcitonin, a model protein drug, in both rodents and primates.
This article was published in J Med Chem
and referenced in Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology