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Micro and Nanosystems


ISSN (Print): 1876-4029
ISSN (Online): 1876-4037

Research Article

Transethosomal Carrier of Curcumin for Improved Topical Delivery: Optimization, In-vitro and Stability Assessment

Author(s): Raju Rathod and Pravin Pawar*

Volume 16, Issue 2, 2024

Published on: 09 April, 2024

Page: [97 - 111] Pages: 15

DOI: 10.2174/0118764029301002240326144814

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Objective: Currently, there is a clear lack of effective topical treatments for psoriasis. In light of this unaddressed requirement, the work intends to develop, enhance, and assess the effectiveness of a curcumin transethosomal gel for managing psoriasis. This work signifies the delivery of a potential solution to fill the gap in topical psoriasis treatment.

Materials and Methods: Curcumin-loaded transethosomes were prepared using a mechanical dispersion method. An initial study was conducted to determine the ideal concentrations of Lipoid S100 and Isopropyl Myristate (IPM). To refine the ultimate transethosomal formulation, a full factorial design (32) was employed, incorporating different levels of Lipoid S100 and IPM. Drug release investigations and pharmacokinetics assessments of curcumin concentrations were performed using a specialized dissolution apparatus and an animal model, respectively.

Results: The characterization profile and analytical examinations have affirmed the stability of the formulation throughout the study duration. Our findings indicate that the drug release mechanism conforms to a diffusion pattern akin to Fickian transport. Furthermore, In-vivo investigations revealed that the curcumin concentration in the bloodstream after oral administration was significantly superior to that of the conventional formulation.

Conclusion: Using curcumin-loaded transethosomes extends drug contact time and facilitates controlled drug release, leading to enhanced bioavailability, decreased dosage needs, and heightened patient safety.

Keywords: Curcumin, transethosomes, lipoid S100, optimization, in-vitro/in-vivo evaluation, psoriasis.

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