Mechanism of Enhancement Effect of Dendrimer on Transdermal Drug Permeation through Polyhydroxyalkanoate Matrix

Zhixiong Wang, Yoshiaki Itoh, Yoshifumi Hosaka, Ichiro Kobayashi, Yoshihisa Nakano, Isamu Maeda, Fusako Umeda, Junji Yamakawa, Mari Nishimine, Tomoyoshi Suenobu, Shunichi Fukuzumi, Masaya Kawase, Kiyohito Yagi

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The possible application of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) in transdermal drug delivery systems (TDDSs) for tamsulosin was previously reported. PHAs containing the drugs, ketoprofen, clonidine and tamsulosin showed good adhesiveness to the skin model used, that is, shed snake skin, and dispersed well all model drugs tested. The model drugs hardly permeated through snake skin in solution form. However, these drugs permeated well through snake skin from the PHA matrix. It was previously reported that the addition of a dendrimer, a polymeric permeation enhancer, is effective for the TDDS for tamsulosin to establish an effective clinical TDDS. The effect of dendrimer addition was examined in TDDSs for ketoprofen and clonidine. The dendrimer added did not show an enhancement effect on the TDDSs for the two drugs. To investigate the mechanism of the enhancement effect of a dendrimer on the tamsulosin TDDS, X-ray analyses were performed. With dendrimer addition, drug crystallization in PHA was promoted. The crystal in PHA had highly ordered and changed its space group. These findings are very important for exploiting high-performance PHA-based TDDSs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-540
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2003


  • Dendrimer
  • Enhancing effect
  • Polyhydroxyalkanoate
  • Transdermal drug delivery
  • X-ray diffraction


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