Controlled release of macromolecules from poly(phosphazene) matrices

S. M. Ibim, A. Ambrosio, D. Larrier, Harry R. Allcock, C. T. Laurencin

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The suitability of amino acid matrices containing poly(phosphazenes) for the controlled release of large molecules is investigated. Mass loss or degradation studies and drug release studies were performed. The polymer matrix degraded fastest in strongly acidic media (pH 2.0) and at a slower rate in neutral (pH 7.4) and basic media (pH 10.0). Polymer degradation was found to increase with drug loading in the matrix. Drug release from the matrix was characterized by a burst effect followed by nearly constant kinetics. Increased drug loading resulted in increased hydrophilicity which promoted degradation and diffusion. The phosphazene matrices studied reproducibly released insulin in a controlled manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 5th World Biomaterials Congress. Part 2 (of 2) - Toronto, Can
Duration: May 29 1996Jun 2 1996


OtherProceedings of the 1996 5th World Biomaterials Congress. Part 2 (of 2)
CityToronto, Can

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)


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