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1 March 2016 Synthesis and characterization of PLGA nanoparticles containing mixture of curcuminoids for optimization of photodynamic inactivation
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Because of excessive use of antibiotics there is a growth in the number of resistant strains. Due to this growth of multiresistant bacteria, the number of searches looking for alternatives antibacterial therapeutic has increased, and among them is the antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) or photodynamic inactivation (PDI). The photodynamic inactivation involves the action of a photosensitizer (PS), activated by a specific wavelength, in the present of oxygen, resulting in cytotoxic effect. Natural curcumin, consists of a mixture of three curcuminoids: curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bis-demethoxycurcumin. Curcumin has various pharmacological properties, however, has extremely low solubility in aqueous solutions, which difficult the use as therapeutic agent. The present study aims to develop polymeric PLGA nanoparticles containing curcuminoids to improve water solubility, increase bioavailability providing protection from degradation (chemistry and physics), and to verify the efficacy in photodynamic inactivation of microorganisms. The PLGA-CURC were synthesized by nanoprecipitation, resulting in two different systems, with an average size of 172 nm and 70% encapsulation efficiency for PLGA-CURC1, and 215 nm and 80% for PLGA-CURC2. Stability tests showed the polymer protected the curcuminoids against premature degradation. Microbiological tests in vitro with curcuminoids water solution and both suspension of PLGA-CURC were efficient in Gram-positive bacterium and fungus. However, the solution presented dark toxicity at high concentrations, unlike the nanoparticles. Thus, it was concluded that it was possible to let curcuminoids water soluble by encapsulation in PLGA nanoparticles, to ensure improved stability in aqueous medium (storage), and to inactivate bacteria and fungus.
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Isabella L. Suzuki, Natália M. Inada, Valéria S. Marangoni, Thaila Q. Corrêa, Valtencir Zucolotto, Cristina Kurachi, and Vanderlei S. Bagnato "Synthesis and characterization of PLGA nanoparticles containing mixture of curcuminoids for optimization of photodynamic inactivation", Proc. SPIE 9694, Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy XXV, 969413 (1 March 2016);

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