Dissolution and bioavailability of lercanidipine-hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose nanoparticles with surfactant

Eun Sol Ha, Gwang Ho Choo, In hwan Baek, Jung Soo Kim, Wonkyung Cho, Young Suk Jung, Su Eon Jin, Sung Joo Hwang, Min Soo Kim

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The objective of this study was to develop lercanidipine-hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) nanoparticles with high oral bioavailability. The lercanidipine-HPMC nanoparticles with/without surfactants were manufactured using a supercritical antisolvent (SAS) process. Gelucire 44/14, poloxamer 407, and d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) were evaluated as surfactants. Spherical lercanidipine-HPMC nanoparticles with a mean particle size less than 400nm were successfully prepared using a SAS process. The dissolution and oral bioavailability of lercanidipine was significantly increased by addition of surfactants. Especially lercanidipine-HPMC nanoparticles with TPGS showed a 2.47-fold higher oral bioavailability than raw material. Furthermore, the dissolution efficiency was strongly correlated to the in vivo Cmax and AUC0→24h. Therefore, the preparation of HPMC nanoparticles with TPGS using a SAS process is a highly effective formulation strategy for enhanced oral bioavailability of lercanidipine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-222
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (NRF-2014R1A1A1006492).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Elsevier B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry


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