Synthesis and Structure-property Evaluation of Novel Cellulosic Polymers as Amorphous Solid Dispersion Matrices for Enhanced Oral Drug Delivery

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Virginia Tech

The use of amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) is an effective and increasingly widely adopted approach for solubility and bioavailability enhancement of hydrophobic drugs. Cellulose derivatives have strong potential as ASD polymers. We demonstrate herein design, synthesis and structure-property relationship characterization of a new series of organo-soluble cellulose omega-carboxyalkanoates for ASDs, by two different synthetic approaches.

These carboxyl-containing cellulose mixed-esters possessed relatively high Tg values with sufficient differences versus ambient temperature, useful to prevent drug mobility and crystallization during storage or transport. Screening experiments were utilized to study the impact of ASD polymers including our new family of cellulose Ω-carboxyesters on both nucleation induction time and crystal growth rate of three poorly soluble model drugs from supersaturated solutions. Attributed to relatively rigid structures and bulky substituent groups, cellulose derivatives were more significant crystallization inhibitors compared to the synthetic polymers. The effective cellulose omega-carboxyesters were identified as possessing a similar hydrophobicity to the drug molecule and high number of ionization groups. Among them, cellulose acetate suberate prepared by us was an extraordinary solution crystal growth inhibitor for ritonavir and its formulated solid dispersions provided a substantial 15-fold enhancement of apparent solution concentration vs. the equilibrium solubility of the crystalline drug. To offset the issue of slow drug release from some cellulose omega-carboxyester based formulations, a new class of amphiphilic cellulosic polymers with hydrophilic oligo(ethylene oxide)-containing side chains was developed via versatile synthetic pathways, and the evaluation of these materials alone or by pairwise polymer blends will be performed as ASD matrices for the enhancement of drug solubility and stability.

cellulose ω-carboxyesters, amorphous solid dispersion, amphiphilicity, structure-property relationship, oral drug delivery