In this study, we attempted to prepare microspheres from a microbial biodegradable polyester, i.e. polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) as a potential chemoembolization agent. The drug loaded PHB microspheres were prepared by a solvent evaporation technique, in which methylene chloride, distilled water, and polyvinyl alcohol were utilized as the solvent, dispersion medium, and emulsifier, respectively. Microspheres were obtained within a size range of 5-100 μm by changing the initial polymer/solvent ratio, emulsifier concentration, stirring rate, and initial drug concentration. It was possible to obtain PHB with very narrow size distributions by applying gravity field-flow fractionation technique. Very high drug loadings of up to 407.6 mg rifampicin/g PHB were achieved. Drug release rates were very rapid. Almost 90% of the drug loaded was released in about 24 h. Both the size and drug content of PHB microspheres were found to be effective in controlling the drug release from these microspheres.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biomedical Engineering