Micro-pillar integrated dissolving microneedles for enhanced transdermal drug delivery

Seunghee Lee, Shayan Fakhraei Lahiji, Jeesu Jang, Mingyu Jang, Hyungil Jung

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The dissolving microneedle (DMN) patch is a transdermal delivery system, containing arrays of micro-sized polymeric needles capable of encapsulating therapeutic drugs within their matrix and releasing them into the skin. However, the elastic properties of the skin prevent DMNs from complete insertion and accurate delivery of encapsulated compounds into the skin. Moreover, the adhesive materials used in patches may cause skin irritation, inflammation, and redness. Therefore, we developed a patchless, micro-pillar integrated DMN (P-DMN) that is simple to fabricate and enhances transdermal drug delivery compared with traditional DMN patches. The micro-pillars were made of poly methyl methacrylate at a height of 300 μm and a base diameter of 500 μm. To fabricate P-DMNs, we employed hyaluronic acid, which is a widely used derma filler and plays a role in tissue re-epithelialization. We demonstrate that utilizing P-DMNs significantly improves the delivery efficiency of an encapsulated drug surrogate (91.83% ± 7.75%) compared with traditional DMNs (64.86% ± 8.17%). Interestingly, P-DMNs remarkably increase the skin penetration accuracy rate of encapsulated drugs, up to 97.78% ± 222%, compared with 44.44% ± 7.85% in traditional DMNs. Our findings suggest that P-DMNs could serve as a highly accurate and efficient platform for transdermal delivery of various types of micro- and macro-biomolecules.

Original languageEnglish
Article number402
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This research was equally supported by a grant of the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) (grant number: HI16C0625), funded by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea, and by the Industrial Core Technology Development Program (grant number: 20000462, subject: development of anti-aging beauty care system using multi-active and controlled-release transdermal delivery for skin layer-specific effects), funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE, Korea).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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