Biomedical Microdevices

, 11:1251

A monolithic polymeric microdevice for pH-responsive drug delivery

Authors

  • Jian Chen
    • Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of Toronto
  • Michael Chu
    • Department of Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversity of Toronto
  • Khajag Koulajian
    • Department of PhysiologyUniversity of Toronto
  • Xiao Yu Wu
    • Department of Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversity of Toronto
  • Adria Giacca
    • Department of PhysiologyUniversity of Toronto
    • Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of Toronto
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10544-009-9344-2

Cite this article as:
Chen, J., Chu, M., Koulajian, K. et al. Biomed Microdevices (2009) 11: 1251. doi:10.1007/s10544-009-9344-2

Abstract

A drug-delivery microdevice integrating pH-responsive nano-hydrogel particles functioning as intelligent nano valves is described. The polymeric microdevices are monolithic without requiring peripheral control hardware or additional components for controlling drug-release rates. pH-responsive nanoparticles were synthesized and embedded into a composite membrane. The resulting pH-responsive composite membranes were integrated with PDMS micro reservoirs via a room-temperature transfer bonding technique to form the proof-of-concept microdevices. In vitro release characterization of the microdevices was conducted in which the release rate of Vitamin B12 (VB12) as a model drug increased dramatically when the local pH value was decreased from 7.4 to 4. This device concept can serve as a platform technology for intelligent drug delivery in response to various in vivo environmental signals.

Keywords

Controlled drug deliveryMicrodevicespH-responsive hydrogelNano hydrogel particles

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