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Controlled release of insulin through hydrogels of (acrylic acid)/trimethylolpropane triacrylate

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Raymundi, Vanessa C. ; Aguiar, Leandro G. ; Souza, Esmar F. ; Sato, Ana C. ; Giudici, Reinaldo
Total Authors: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER; v. 52, n. 10, p. 2193-2201, OCT 2016.
Web of Science Citations: 2

Hydrogels of poly(acrylic acid) crosslinked with trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA) were produced through solution polymerization. After these hydrogels were loaded with insulin solution, they evidenced swelling. Experiments of controlled release of insulin through the hydrogels were performed in acidic and basic media in order to evaluate the rates of release of this protein provided by the referred copolymer. Additionally, a mathematical description of the system based on differential mass balance was made and simulated in MATLAB. The model consists of a system of differential equations which was solved numerically. As expected, the values of swelling index at the equilibrium and the rates of insulin release were inversely proportional to the degree of crosslinking. The mathematical model provided reliable predictions of release profiles with fitted values of diffusivity of insulin through the hydrogels in the range of 6.0 x 10(-7)-1.3 x 10(-6) cm(2)/s. The fitted and experimental values of partition coefficients of insulin between the hydrogel and the medium were lower for basic media, pointing out good affinity of insulin for these media in comparison to the acidic solutions. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/11532-0 - Synthesis and characterization of hydrogels of poly(acrylic acid): mathematical modeling and applications in controlled drug release
Grantee:Leandro Gonçalves de Aguiar
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral