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Oxytetracycline versus Doxycycline Collagen Sponges Designed as Potential Carrier Supports in Biomedical Applications

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Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Polizu Street No. 1, 011061 Bucharest, Romania
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Department of Collagen, Division Leather and Footwear Research Institute, National Research and Development Institute for Textile and Leather, 031215 Bucharest, Romania
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Department of Physical and Colloidal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila”, 20956 Bucharest, Romania
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Pharmaceutics 2019, 11(8), 363; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmaceutics11080363
Received: 22 May 2019 / Revised: 19 July 2019 / Accepted: 20 July 2019 / Published: 24 July 2019
Many research studies are directed toward developing safe and efficient collagen-based biomaterials as carriers for drug delivery systems. This article presents a comparative study of the properties of new collagen sponges prepared and characterized by different methods intended for biomedical applications. The structural integrity is one of the main properties for a biomaterial in order for it to be easily removed from the treated area. Thus, the effect of combining a natural polymer such as collagen with an antimicrobial drug such as oxytetracycline or doxycycline and glutaraldehyde as the chemical cross-linking agent influences the cross-linking degree of the material, which is in direct relation to its resistance to collagenase digestion, the drug kinetic release profile, and in vitro biocompatibility. The enzymatic degradation results identified oxytetracycline as the best inhibitor of collagenase when the collagen sponge was cross-linked with 0.5% glutaraldehyde. The drug release kinetics revealed an extended release of the antibiotic for oxytetracycline-loaded collagen sponges compared with doxycycline-loaded collagen sponges. Considering the behavior of differently prepared sponges, the collagen sponge with oxytetracycline and 0.5% glutaraldehyde could represent a viable polymeric support for the prevention/treatment of infections at the application site, favoring tissue regeneration. View Full-Text
Keywords: collagen; oxytetracycline; doxycycline; drug release; antimicrobial susceptibility; MTT test collagen; oxytetracycline; doxycycline; drug release; antimicrobial susceptibility; MTT test
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Tihan, G.T.; Rău, I.; Zgârian, R.G.; Ungureanu, C.; Barbaresso, R.C.; Kaya, M.G.A.; Dinu-Pîrvu, C.; Ghica, M.V. Oxytetracycline versus Doxycycline Collagen Sponges Designed as Potential Carrier Supports in Biomedical Applications. Pharmaceutics 2019, 11, 363.

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