AAPS PharmSciTech 2011 Dec 27;12(4):1407-19. Epub 2011 Oct 27.
Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran.
The aim of this study was the preparation, optimization, and in vitro characterization of insulin nanoparticles composed of methylated N-(4-N,N-dimethylaminobenzyl), methylated N-(4-pyridinyl), and methylated N-(benzyl) chitosan. Three types of derivatives were synthesized by the Schiff base reaction followed by quaternization. Nanoparticles were prepared by the polyelectrolyte complexation method. Experimental design D-optimal response surface methodology was used for the optimization of the nanoparticles. Independent variables were pH of polymer solution, concentration ratio of polymer/insulin, and also polymer type. Dependent variables include size, zeta potential, polydispersity index (PdI), and entrapment efficiency (EE%). Optimized nanoparticles were studied morphologically by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and in vitro release of insulin from nanoparticles were determined under phosphate buffer (pH = 6.8) condition. Although a quadratic model has been chosen to fit the responses for size, PdI, and EE%, the zeta potential of the particles has been best fitted to 2-FI model. The optimized nanoparticles were characterized. The size of the particles were found to be 346, 318, and 289 nm; zeta potentials were 28.5, 27.7, and 22.2 mV; PdI of particles were 0.305, 0.333, and 0.437; and calculated EE% were 70.3%, 84.5%, and 69.2%, for methylated (aminobenzyl), methylated (pyridinyl), and methylated (benzyl) chitosan nanoparticles, respectively. TEM images show separated and non-aggregated nanoparticles with sub-spherical shapes and smooth surfaces. An in vitro release study of the prepared nanoparticles showed that the cumulative percentage of insulin released from the nanoparticles were 47.1%, 38%, and 68.7% for (aminobenzyl), (pyridinyl), and (benzyl) chitosan, respectively, within 300 min.