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Synthesis and characterization of hydrogels based on grafted chitosan for the controlled drug release

Temperature and pH-responsive hydrogels based on chitosan grafted with poly acrylic acid (PAAc), poly hydroxy propyl methacrylate (PHPMA), poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and gelatin were prepared for controlled drug delivery. These stimuli-responsive hydrogels were synthesized by gamma irradiation technique. The degree of gelation was over 90% and increased as chitosan, AAc and PVA content increased, while the degree of gelation decrease with the increase of gelatin content. The equilibrium swelling studies of hydrogels prepared in various conditions were carried out in an aqueous solution, and the pH sensitivity in the range of 2–9 was investigated. An increase of swelling degree with an increase in the pH was noticed and showed the highest value at pH 9. Also antibiotic drug Oxttetracycline was loaded into the hydrogels and the release studies were carried out at different pH and temperature. The in vitro release profiles of the drug showed that, the release of the drug increased as the time, temperature and pH increased and reached to maximum after 48 h at pH 9. The prepared hydrogels were characterized by using SEM, FTIR, and DSC. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Carbohydrate Polymers Elsevier
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