Abstract: The ability to reproducibly load bioactive molecules into polymeric microspheres is a challenge. Traditional microsphere fabrication methods typically provide inhomogeneous release profiles and suffer from lack of batch to batch reproducibility, hindering their potential to up-scale and their translation to the clinic. This deficit in homogeneity is in part attributed to broad size distributions and variability in the morphology of particles. It is thus desirable to control morphology and size of non-loaded particles in the first instance, in preparation for obtaining desired release profiles of loaded particles in the later stage. This is achieved by identifying the key parameters involved in particle production and understanding how adapting these parameters affects the final characteristics of particles. In this study, electrospraying was presented as a promising technique for generating reproducible particles made of polycaprolactone, a biodegradable, FDA-approved polymer. Narrow size distributions were obtained by the control of electrospraying flow rate and polymer concentration, with average particle sizes ranging from 10 to 20 µm. Particles were shown to be spherical with a homogeneous embossed texture, determined by the polymer entanglement regime taking place during electrospraying. No toxic residue was detected by this process based on preliminary cell work using DNA quantification assays, validating this method as suitable for further loading of bioactive components.
Keywords: electrospraying; microspheres; polycaprolactone; drug delivery
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Bock, N.; Woodruff, M.A.; Hutmacher, D.W.; Dargaville, T.R. Electrospraying, a Reproducible Method for Production of Polymeric Microspheres for Biomedical Applications. Polymers 2011, 3, 131-149.
Bock N, Woodruff MA, Hutmacher DW, Dargaville TR. Electrospraying, a Reproducible Method for Production of Polymeric Microspheres for Biomedical Applications. Polymers. 2011; 3(1):131-149.
Bock, Nathalie; Woodruff, Maria A.; Hutmacher, Dietmar W.; Dargaville, Tim R. 2011. "Electrospraying, a Reproducible Method for Production of Polymeric Microspheres for Biomedical Applications." Polymers 3, no. 1: 131-149.