AAPS PharmSciTech

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 1124–1132 | Cite as

Soy Protein Microparticles for Enhanced Oral Ibuprofen Delivery: Preparation, Characterization, and In Vitro Release Evaluation

  • Maria Antonieta Anaya Castro
  • Isabelle Alric
  • Fabien Brouillet
  • Jérôme Peydecastaing
  • Sophie Girod Fullana
  • Vanessa Durrieu
Research Article


The objective of this work was to evaluate soy protein isolate (SPI) and acylated soy protein (SPA) as spray-drying encapsulation carriers for oral pharmaceutical applications. SPI acylation was performed by the Schotten–Baumann reaction. SPA, with an acylation rate of 41%, displayed a decrease in solubility in acidic conditions, whereas its solubility was unaffected by basic conditions. The drug encapsulation capacities of both SPI and SPA were tested with ibuprofen (IBU) as a model poorly soluble drug. IBU-SPI and IBU-SPA particles were obtained by spray-drying under eco-friendly conditions. Yields of 70 to 87% and microencapsulation efficiencies exceeding 80% were attained for an IBU content of 20 to 40% w/w, confirming the excellent microencapsulation properties of SPI and the suitability of the chemical modification. The in vitro release kinetics of IBU were studied in simulated gastrointestinal conditions (pH 1.2 and pH 6.8, 37°C). pH-sensitive release patterns were observed, with an optimized low rate of release in simulated gastric fluid for SPA formulations, and a rapid and complete release in simulated intestinal fluid for both formulations, due to the optimal pattern of pH-dependent solubility for SPA and the molecular dispersion of IBU in soy protein. These results demonstrate that SPI and SPA are relevant for the development of pH-sensitive drug delivery systems for the oral route.


vegetal protein microencapsulation oral route modified release pH sensitivity 



We would like to thank the Mexican Council of Science CONACyT for providing financial support, Yannick Thebault and Cédric Charvillat from CIRIMAT for SEM and XRD analyses, and Christine Rey-Rouch from LGC for TGA analyses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Antonieta Anaya Castro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Isabelle Alric
    • 1
  • Fabien Brouillet
    • 2
  • Jérôme Peydecastaing
    • 1
  • Sophie Girod Fullana
    • 2
  • Vanessa Durrieu
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Chimie Agro-industrielle (LCA)Université de Toulouse, INRA, INPTToulouseFrance
  2. 2.CIRIMAT, Université de Toulouse, CNRS, INPT, UPS, Faculté de PharmacieToulouseFrance
  3. 3.LCA, INP-ENSIACETToulouseFrance

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