Enhanced transmucosal delivery of itraconazole by thiolated d-α-tocopheryl poly(ethylene glycol) 1000 succinate micelles for the treatment ofCandida albicans

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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the transmucosal delivery of itraconazole (ITZ) by thiolated d-α-tocopheryl poly(ethylene glycol) 1000 succinate (TPGS-Cys) micelles. TPGS-Cys polymer was successfully synthesized by the simple coupling between carboxyl-activated TPGS and Cys as confirmed by NMR and FTIR techniques. Afterwards, the TPGS/TPGS-Cys micelles were prepared using the blend of TPGS and TPGS-Cys at 10:0, 7:3, 5:5, 3:7 and 0:10 mass ratios. All micelles had the size ranged from 8 to 10 nm with narrow size distribution and showed spherical in shape. The surface of the 10:0 TPGS micelles exhibited negatively charge while, the TPGS-Cys micelles demonstrated the slightly positive surface charge. The critical micelle concentration, loading capacity and release profiles of TPGS/TPGS-Cys micelles were comparable to the TPGS micelles. The release of ITZ from all micelles was biphasic and sustained in simulated saliva fluid over 48 h. The 3:7 and 0:10 TPGS/TPGS-Cys micelles had a good mucoadhesive property. Meanwhile, only 0:10 TPGS/TPGS-Cys micelles enhanced the permeability through buccal mucosa and potentiated the antifungal activity of ITZ against Candida albicans by at least 1.35 folds as compared to ITZ alone. Therefore, this formulation can be further developed for the transmucosal delivery of ITZ for the treatment of C. albicans.

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