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Characterization of Atrazine-Loaded Biodegradable Poly(Hydroxybutyrate-Co-Hydroxyvalerate) Microspheres

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Grillo, Renato [1, 2] ; de Melo, Nathalie F. S. [1, 2] ; de Lima, Renata [3] ; Lourenco, Roberto Wagner [2] ; Rosa, Andre Henrique [2] ; Fraceto, Leonardo Fernandes [1, 2]
Total Authors: 6
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, Inst Biol, Dept Bioquim, Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] UNESP Univ Estadual Paulista, Dept Engn Ambiental, BR-18087180 Sorocaba, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Sorocaba, Dept Biotecnol, Sorocaba, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF POLYMERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT; v. 18, n. 1, p. 26-32, MAR 2010.
Web of Science Citations: 31

Polyhydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyvalerate microspheres (PHBV-MS) were prepared as a delivery system for the herbicide atrazine (ATZ). Characterization of the system included investigation of in vitro release properties and genotoxicity. ATZ - PHBV-MS particle diameters showed a size distribution range of 1-13 mu m. Differential scanning calorimetry analyses indicated that ATZ was associated with the PHBV microparticles. The release profiles showed a different release behavior for the pure herbicide in solution, as compared with that containing ATZ-loaded PHBV-MS. Korsmeyer-Peppas model analyses showed that atrazine release from the microparticles occurred by a combination of diffusion through the matrix and partial diffusion through water-filled pores of the PHBV microparticles. A Lactuca sativa test result showed that the genotoxicity of ATZ-loaded PHBV-MP was decreased in relation to ATZ alone. The results demonstrate a viable biodegradable herbicide release system using atrazine for agrochemical purposes. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 08/01222-9 - Preparation and characterization of alginate nanoparticle with bupivacaine
Grantee:Renato Grillo
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation