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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Malaekeh-Nikouei B, Ghaeni FA, Motamedshariaty VS, Mohajeri SA
Article Title: Controlled release of prednisolone acetate from molecularly imprinted hydrogel contact lenses.
Publication date: 2012
Journal: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume: 126
Issue: (1)
Page numbers: 387-394.
DOI: 10.1002/app.36625

Abstract: The aim of this work was to study the influence of methacrylic acid (MAA) as a comonomer and the application of a molecular imprinting technique on the loading and release properties of weakly crosslinked 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) hydrogels, with a view toward their use as reloadable soft contact lenses for the administration of prednisolone acetate (PA). The hydrogels were prepared with HEMA (95.90-98.30 mol %) as a backbone monomer, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (140 mM) as a crosslinker, and MAA (0, 50, 100, or 200 mM) as a functional monomer. Different PA/MAA molar ratios (0, 1 : 8, 1 : 6, and 1 : 4) in the feed composition of the hydrogels were also applied to study the influence of the molecular imprinting technique on their binding properties. The hydrogels (0.4 mm thick) were synthesized by thermal polymerization at 60C for 24 h in a polypropylene mold. The hydrogels were then characterized by the determination of their swelling and binding properties in water. Their loading and release properties were also studied in 0.9% NaCl and artificial lachrymal fluid. Increasing the MAA content of the hydrogel and applying the molecular imprinting technique led to an increase in the loading capacity of the hydrogel. The optimized imprinted hydrogel showed the highest affinity for PA and the greatest ability to control the release process, sustaining it for 48 h. The results obtained clearly indicate that the incorporation of MAA as a comonomer increased the PA loading capacity of hydrogel. Our data showed that the molecular imprinting technique also had a significant effect on the loading and release properties of the hydrogels. 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2012
Template and target information: prednisolone acetate, PA
Author keywords: drug delivery systems, hydrogels, molecular imprinting

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