Quercetin loaded polymeric dissolving microarray patches: fabrication, characterisation and evaluation

Qonita Kurnia Anjani, Natalia Moreno-Castellanos, Masoud Adhami, Delly Ramadon, Jangga Jangga, Ryan F. Donnelly

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Abstract

Quercetin, a natural compound, shows promising potential in wound healing by reducing fibrosis, limiting scar formation, and boosting fibroblast proliferation. However, its effectiveness is hindered by poor solubility, resulting in low bioavailability and necessitating high doses for therapeutic efficacy. This study presents a novel approach, fabricating quercetin-loaded microarray patches (MAPs) using widely employed solubility enhancement strategies. Fabricated MAPs exhibited favourable mechanical strength and could be inserted into excised porcine skin to a depth of 650 μm. Furthermore, formulations containing Soluplus® significantly increased the drug loading capacity, achieving up to 2.5 mg per patch and complete dissolution within an hour of application on excised porcine skin. In vitro studies on full-thickness neonatal porcine skin demonstrated that Soluplus®-enhanced MAPs effectively delivered quercetin across various skin layers, achieving a delivery efficiency exceeding 80% over 24 h. Additionally, these prototype MAPs displayed anti-inflammatory properties and demonstrated biocompatibility with human keratinocyte skin cells. Therefore, quercetin-loaded MAPs employing Soluplus® as a solubility enhancer present a promising alternative strategy for wound healing and anti-inflammatory therapy applications. Graphical abstract: (Figure presented.)

Original languageEnglish
JournalDrug Delivery and Translational Research
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • Cell proliferation
  • Dissolving microarray patches
  • Inflammation activity
  • Quercetin

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