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      Investigation of Physicochemical Properties of PVA-GANT Mucoadhesive Hydrogels

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          The aim of this work was the manufacture and characterisation of novel chemically cross-linked mucoadhesive PVA-GANT hydrogels prepared by using autoclaving. Particularly, the study was focused on the physicochemical and pharmaceutical properties of these hydrogels with regards to potential applications for drug delivery and wound dressing. PVA-GANT hydrogels with different molar ratios and total concentrations of polymers in solution were prepared using a standard sterilisation autoclave. The physico-chemical properties were characterised by various techniques including IR spectroscopy, Texture Analysis and SEM and thermo-analytical techniques (DSC and TGA). Pharmaceutical characteristics were obtained in drug loading/release tests and microbiological assays. The results have shown that the properties of hydrogels (swelling degree, mechanical properties, internal structure, drug loading/release and antimicrobial properties) are very dependent on the polymer composition.

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            Antimicrobial hydrogels based on autoclaved poly(vinyl alcohol) and poly(methyl vinyl ether-alt-maleic anhydride) mixtures for wound care applications

            Novel antimicrobial hydrogels with good mechanical and physical properties were synthesized by autoclaving aqueous mixtures of poly(vinyl alcohol) and poly(methyl vinyl ether- alt -maleic anhydride). Novel antimicrobial hydrogels with good mechanical and physical properties were synthesized by autoclaving aqueous mixtures of poly(vinyl alcohol) and poly(methyl vinyl ether- alt -maleic anhydride). The structure of these materials was studied by infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and solid state nuclear magnetic resonance. The swelling behavior, mechanical properties and adhesion of the hydrogels to porcine skin were evaluated. It was established that these hydrogels exhibited antimicrobial properties and inhibited bacteria growth against Staphylococcus aureus . The biocompatibility of the hydrogels was confirmed using an MTT assay (indirect cytotoxicity) and by monitoring cell proliferation in contact with the gels (direct cytotoxicity).

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              [a ]Leicester School of Pharmacy, De Montfort University, UK
              [b ]Reading School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, Reading, UK
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              *Corresponding author. Tel.: +44 116 2577870 E-mail: iermolina@
              British Journal of Pharmacy
              University of Huddersfield Press
              11 July 2018
              : 2
              : 2 , Proceedings of the 8 th APS International PharmSci 2017
              : S33-S34
              © 2017, Nazneen Malek, Vitaliy V. Khutoryanskiy, Ellen V. Hackl, Irina Ermolina

              This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0



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