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Title: Controlled release of alendronate from nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon

With this study, we have synthesized a nitrogen doped mesoporous carbon with the BET surface area of 1066 m 2/g, total pore volume 0.6 cm 3/g and nitrogen content of 0.5%. Total alendronate adsorption in this carbon was ~5%. The release experiments were designed in four different media with sequential pH values of 1.2, 4.5, 6.8 and 7.4 for 3, 1, 3 and 5 h, respectively and at 37 °C to imitate the physiological conditions of stomach, duodenum, small intestine and colon, respectively. Release of the drug demonstrated a controlled fashion; only 20% of the drug was released in the media with pH = 1.2, whereas 64% of the drug was released in pH = 7.4. This is in contrary to pure alendronate that was completely dissolved within 30 min in the first release media (pH = 1.2) only. The relatively larger uptake of alendronate in this carbon and its sustained fashion of release can be attributed to the hydrogen bonding between the drug and the nitrogen functionalities on carbon surface. Based on this result, it can be inferred that this formulation may lower the side effects of oral delivery of alendronate.
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  1. Widener Univ., Chester, PA (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Journal Name:
Microporous and Mesoporous Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 229; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1387-1811
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)
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Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; nitrogen doping; mesoporous carbon; alendronate; osteoporosis; controlled release
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