Influence of the Molecular Weight and Charge of Antibiotics on Their Release Kinetics From Gelatin Nanospheres

J. Song, J.C.E. Odekerken, D.W.P.M. Löwik, P.M. López-Pérez, T.J.M. Welting, F. Yang, J.A. Jansen, S.C.G. Leeuwenburgh*

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In this study, we investigated the fundamental relationship between the physicochemical characteristics of antibiotics and the kinetics of their release from gelatin nanospheres. Weobserved that antibiotics of high molecular weight (colistin and vancomycin) were released in a sustained manner from oppositely charged gelatin carriers for more than 14 d, as opposed to antibiotics of low molecular weight (gentamicin and moxifloxacin) which were released in a burst-like manner. The release kinetics of positively charged colistin strongly correlated with the rate of the enzymatic degradation of gelatin. To elucidate the differences among release kinetics of antibiotics, we explored the mechanism of interactions between antibiotics and gelatin nanospheres by monitoring the kinetics of release of antibiotics as a function of pH, ionic strength, and detergent concentrations. These studies revealed that the interactions between antibiotics and gelatin nanospheres were mainly dominated by (i) strong electrostatic forces for colistin; (ii) strong hydrophobic and electrostatic forces for vancomycin; (iii) weak electrostatic and hydrophobic forces for gentamicin; and (iv) weak hydrophobic forces formoxifloxacin. These results confirm that release of antibiotics from gelatin nanospheres strongly depends on the physicochemical characteristics of the antibiotics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)901-911
JournalMacromolecular Bioscience
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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