Corticosteroids such as budesonide are the drugs of choice for the treatment of inflammatory disorders with an inherent limitation, viz., rapid elimination. To overcome this constraint and attain sustained release, budesonide was encapsulated in a biodegradable polymer, polycaprolactone (PCL), by DC electrospraying. By varying the experimental parameters involved in electrospraying such as applied voltage, flow rate, viscosity as well as conductivity of the polymer solution, the dimensionality of nanostructures was tuned from 1-D nanofibers to spherical nanoparticles. By adopting this rapid and viable method of DC electrospraying, we successfully prepared aqueous suspensions of nearly monodispersed, nano-sized drug encapsulated PCL. Drug encapsulation efficiency, in vitro drug release as well as biocompatibility studies of budesonide-loaded PCL nanobeads were carried out. The cytocompatible nanobeads prepared by electrospraying exhibited good encapsulation efficiency (approx. 75%), with controlled drug release enabled by the dissolution of the polymer. Our results demonstrate the potential of this novel technique of electrospraying in developing efficient drug encapsulated polymeric nanocarriers possessing sustained drug release profile. © 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.
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B. T. Midhun, Shalumon, K. T., Manzoor, K., Dr. Jayakumar Rangasamy, Shantikumar V. Nair, and Deepthy, M., “Preparation of Budesonide-loaded Polycaprolactone Nanobeads by Electrospraying for Controlled Drug Release”, Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition, vol. 22, pp. 2431-2444, 2011.