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Current Drug Therapy


ISSN (Print): 1574-8855
ISSN (Online): 2212-3903

Mucoadhesive Nanoparticulate System for Oral Drug Delivery: A Review

Author(s): Ayaz Ahmed, Hemant K.S. Yadav, Sureddi V. Lakshmi, Bala V.N. Namburi and Hosakote G. Shivakumar

Volume 7, Issue 1, 2012

Page: [42 - 55] Pages: 14

DOI: 10.2174/157488512800389137

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The oral route constitutes the preferred route for drug delivery. However, numerous drugs remain poorly available when administered by this route. In order to circumvent this problem, it has been proposed to incorporate drugs successfully to polymeric nanoparticulate systems containing mucoadhesive polymer(s) because of their propensity to interact with the mucosal surface. Peptide drugs are poorly absorbable and are also susceptible to enzymatic degradation in the gastrointestinal tract. In order to overcome physiological and morphological barriers against peptide/poorly absorbable drug delivery, two possible approaches mucopenetrative and/or mucoadhesive properties for drug carriers have been considered. Mucoadhesion can prolong the residence time of drug carriers at the absorption sites, improved drug absorption and controlled drug release from the devices used. The particles with smaller size are likely to diffuse much higher in the mucus layer, provided that diffusion of the particles in the mucus layer obeys the Stokes–Einstein equation. The adhesiveness of the nanoparticles (NPs) in suspension form helps to improve bioavailability and also improves targeting of the parasites persisting in the GIT e.g., Cryptosporidium parvum.

Chitosan (CS) based or CS coated NPs represent another common group of mucoadhesive systems and several groups have studied NPs made of these polymers for the enhancement of bioavailability and mucoadhesion of proteins, peptides, and DNA to mucosal tissues. The present review focuses on the gastrointestinal mucoadhesion of NPs for peptide/poorly absorbable drugs. The use of this mucoadhesive NPs delivery system for peptide/poorly absorbable drugs is one of the areas that need to be explored in the future.

Keywords: Microparticles, mucoadhesion, NPs, peptide drug, poorly absorbed drug

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