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Nanoscale mechanical measurement determination of the glass transition temperature of poly(lactic acid)/everolimus coated stents in air and dissolution media

Wu, Ming and Kleiner, Lothar and Tang, Fuh-Wei and Hossainy, Syed and Davies, Martyn C. and Roberts, Clive J. (2009) Nanoscale mechanical measurement determination of the glass transition temperature of poly(lactic acid)/everolimus coated stents in air and dissolution media. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 36 (4-5). 493 - 501.

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Abstract

Localized atomic force microscopy (AFM) force analysis on poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and poly(lactic acid)/everolimus coated stents has been performed under ambient conditions. Similar Young's modulus were derived from both PLA and PLA/everolimus stent surface, namely 2.25 ± 0.46 and 2.04 ± 0.39 GPa, respectively, indicating that the drug, everolimus does not significantly effect the mechanical properties of PLA up to a 1:1 (w/w) drug loading. Temperature controlled force measurements on PLA only coated stents in air and in a 1% Triton surfactant solution allowed the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the polymer to be determined. A significant drop of the Young's modulus in solution was observed at 36 °C, suggests that in vivo the Tg of the polymer is below body temperature. The possible consequences on drug release and the mechanisms by which this may occur are considered.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:AFM; Polylactic acid; Nano-indentation; Glass transition temperature
Subjects:Biomedical Science > Nanomedicine
ID Code:5697
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:28 Jul 2009 14:44
Last Modified:28 Jul 2009 14:44

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