Title

Enzyme Catalysis: Tool to Make and Break Amygdalin Hydrogelators From Renewable Resources: A Delivery Model for Hydrophobic Drugs

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-12-2006

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

We report a novel approach for the controlled delivery of an antiinflammatory, chemopreventive drug by an enzyme-triggered drug release mechanism via the degradation of encapsulated hydrogels. The hydro- and organogelators are synthesized in high yields from renewable resources by using regioselective enzyme catalysis, and a known chemopreventive and antiinflammatory drug, i.e., curcumin, is used for the model study. The release of the drug occurred at physiological temperature, and control of the drug release rate is achieved by manipulating the enzyme concentration and/or temperature. The byproducts formed after the gel degradation were characterized and clearly demonstrated the site specificity of degradation of the gelator by enzyme catalysis. The present approach could have applications in developing cost-effective controlled drug delivery vehicles from renewable resources, with a potential impact on pharmaceutical research and molecular design and delivery strategies.

Publication Title

Journal of the American Chemical Society

Volume

128

Issue

27

First Page

8932

Last Page

8938