Modelling mucoadhesion by use of surface energy terms obtained by the Lewis acid-Lewis base approach

Rillosi, M. and Buckton, G. (1995) Modelling mucoadhesion by use of surface energy terms obtained by the Lewis acid-Lewis base approach. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 117 (1). pp. 75-84. 10.1016/0378-5173(94)00319-Z.

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DOI: 10.1016/0378-5173(94)00319-Z

Abstract

The surface energies of carbopol and mucin have been assessed from contact angle and surface tension measurements. The surface energy has been considered in terms of an apolar Litshitz-van der Waals term and a polar acid-base term, which in turn is divided into electron donor and electron acceptor (Lewis acid-Lewis base) contributions. Using these surface energy components, the interaction of dry polymer, and hydrated polymer in the presence of simulated gastric fluid, intestinal fluid and saline, with mucin gel has been predicted. The predicted behaviour has been compared with measured mucoadhesion performance. It was found that the surface energy of the carbopol changed when hydrated. The surface energy of the dry polymer gave a better correlation with mucoadhesive strength after a short contact time. The surface energy of the hydrated polymer was found to give the best correlation with mucoadhesion after a longer contact time. This implies that the interpenetration stage of mucoadhesion has a driving force which is related to interfacial phenomena. The carbopol, but not the mucin, was found to show changes in surface energy as a function of pH. These differential changes correlated with changes in mucoadhesive behaviour in the different model media.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Surface energy; Lewis acid-Lewis base; Contact angle; Mucoadhesion; Mucin; Carbopol
Departments, units and centres:Department of Pharmaceutics > Department of Pharmaceutics
ID Code:3269
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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