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Pharmaceutics 2012, 4(1), 149-163; doi:10.3390/pharmaceutics4010149
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Probiotic Encapsulation Technology: From Microencapsulation to Release into the Gut

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Received: 21 December 2011; in revised form: 20 January 2012 / Accepted: 31 January 2012 / Published: 6 February 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microencapsulation Technology Applied to Pharmaceutics)
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Abstract: Probiotic encapsulation technology (PET) has the potential to protect microorgansisms and to deliver them into the gut. Because of the promising preclinical and clinical results, probiotics have been incorporated into a range of products. However, there are still many challenges to overcome with respect to the microencapsulation process and the conditions prevailing in the gut. This paper reviews the methodological approach of probiotics encapsulation including biomaterials selection, choice of appropriate technology, in vitro release studies of encapsulated probiotics, and highlights the challenges to be overcome in this area.
Keywords: biomaterials; microencapsulation; probiotics; protective device; artificial media; cells release biomaterials; microencapsulation; probiotics; protective device; artificial media; cells release
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Gbassi, G.K.; Vandamme, T. Probiotic Encapsulation Technology: From Microencapsulation to Release into the Gut. Pharmaceutics 2012, 4, 149-163.

AMA Style

Gbassi GK, Vandamme T. Probiotic Encapsulation Technology: From Microencapsulation to Release into the Gut. Pharmaceutics. 2012; 4(1):149-163.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Gbassi, Gildas K.; Vandamme, Thierry. 2012. "Probiotic Encapsulation Technology: From Microencapsulation to Release into the Gut." Pharmaceutics 4, no. 1: 149-163.


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