Biological Activities and Pharmacological Applications of Cyclodextrins Complexed with Essential Oils and Their Volatile Components: A Systematic Review

Author(s): Rosueti Diógenes de Oliveira-Filho*, Angelo Roncalli Avles e Silva, Renato de Azevedo Moreira, Nadia Accioly Pinto Nogueira

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 24 , Issue 33 , 2018

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Background: Essential oils (EOs) and their volatile components (VCs) have varied biological and pharmacological activities, but low solubility and bioavailability hamper their applications, so that inclusion in cyclodextrins (CDs) is likely to improve their physicochemical properties and pharmacological effects.

Objective: The authors conducted a systematic review to evaluate the biological activities and pharmacological applications of essential oils and their volatile components complexed with cyclodextrins.

Methods: The search terms 'Cyxlodextrin', 'Inclusion Complex', 'Volatile oils', 'Essential oil' and 'Volatile components' were used to retrieve articles from the PUBMED, MEDLINE and SCOPUS databases.

Results: A total of 38 articles were identified. A greater efficacy of EOs and their VCs complexed with different CDs types was found in in vitro and preclinical studies when compared to free forms in the various biological activities and animal models of the evaluated pharmacological tests.

Conclusion: This review of selected studies showed that the use of CDs promotes greater solubility, bioavailability and efficacy of EOs and their VCs, thus indicating an interesting alternative for the biotechnological development of new therapeutic formulations.

Keywords: Cyclodextrin, volatile oils, essential oils, inclusion complex, biological activities, pharmacological application, systematic review.

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Year: 2018
Published on: 16 January, 2019
Page: [3951 - 3963]
Pages: 13
DOI: 10.2174/1381612824666181120093634
Price: $65

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