This study aimed to evaluate the coating effect of methacrylic acid copolymers (MAc) on alginate beads, with respect to protection, survivability, and in vitro release of lactobacilli cells under simulated gut conditions, and to evaluate the effect of oven drying and fluidized bed-spraying as a mean to dry and coat alginate beads with MAc. MAc-coated beads exhibited protective effects for lactobacilli cells against low acidic environment providing higher survivability (71.82–96.11%) compared to uncoated beads (28.67–61.68%), and also higher cell release under sequential gut conditions (P<0.05). Lactobacillus casei BT 1268 showed a high cell release and was thus selected for further analysis using spray coating-drying via fluidized bed. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that fluidized bed-spray drying produced beads with irregular shapes but consistent coating and with lactobacilli cells clearly embedded within the inner matrix. Oven dried and fluidized bed-spray dried MAc-coated beads of L. casei BT 1268 also showed similar cell release, indicating the possible use of fluidized bed-spray as a more economical and less time consuming method for the protection and maintenance of cell viability.
The aim of this paper is to determine temperature and structural changes caused by tableting and to deduce from the combination
of temperature measurement and the determination of structural changes whether temperature increase induced by tableting contributes
to tablet quality. Tablets were produced of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), spray-dried lactose, pregelatinized starch,
and dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (DCPD) with an instrumented single punch tableting machine. The temperature pattern at the
surface of the tablets was measured starting directly after tableting with an infrared thermoviewer and an infrared sensor.
Powder and tablets were analyzed by FT-Raman spectroscopy, the tablets were analyzed directly after tableting and after one
month of storage. The crushing force of the resulting tablets was determined. For all materials a temperature increase (TI)
induced by tableting was determined with both methods used. The order of the temperature increase was the same for both methods
used: TI (MCC)>TI (spray-dried lactose)>TI (pregelatinized starch)>TI (DCPD). The order was also identical for the crushing
force of the tablets. The extent of differences in the spectra followed the same ranking. In conclusion, the temperature increase
contributed to the changes in material structure and thus temperature increase is one factor which determined crushing force
and thus tablet properties.
Authors:T. Hekmatara, G. Regdon, P. Sipos, I. Erős, and K. Pintye-Hódi
The main purpose of our study
was to produce microspheres containing diltiazem hydrochloride and to perform
the thermoanalytical examination of the components and microspheres. Thermal
analysis is a very frequently used method in the preformulation tests of solid
Diltiazem hydrochloride is a calcium-channel blocker
with short biological half life, so it is a potential candidate for sustained
or controlled release dosage forms.
Various techniques are available
for the microencapsulation of drugs. The technique of spray-drying was used
during our investigations.
It was found that the crystalline form
of the active agents could not be observed in the drug-loaded chitosan microspheres,
which indicates the molecular dispersion of the drug in the matrix. It was
established that the preparation conditions influenced the morphology and
size of the particles. Moreover, the sphericity of the microspheres was good.
On the basis of our investigations, the 1:1 diltiazem hydrochloride–chitosan
ratio is suggested as the best ratio.
Authors:R. C. Mashru, V. B. Sutariya, M. G. Sankalia, and P. Yagnakumar
Solid dispersions were prepared to enhance the dissolution rate of rofecoxib. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and
X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used for the characterization of solid dispersions of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP):talc:drug (3:1:1)
and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC):talc:drug (4:1:1). The DSC study indicated that PVP solid dispersion showed formation
of fusion solution while HPMC solid dispersion showed no intermolecular fusion during the preparation of solid dispersions
by spray dry process. The dissolution profiles and the calculated times for 75 and 90% drug release showed that dissolution
rate of rofecoxib was improved in solid dispersions as compared to pure drug and physical mixtures. The DSC and XRD were successfully
employed to find out the crystalline state of drug in the both solid dispersions. PVP solid dispersion gave better dissolution
rate than HPMC solid dispersion. The drug was transformed from crystalline to amorphous form in PVP solid dispersion which
was further conformed by XRD and DSC. The PVP:talc:drug solid dispersion can be used for the dissolution enhancement and thereby
bioavailability of rofecoxib.
Measurements of the masses of incorporated water and of the heats of hydration have been performed at 310 K, under air atmosphere saturated with water vapour, on three differently dehydrated samples of the Saccharomyces boulardii yeast in order to evaluate differences in physicochemical properties related to the following dehydration processes: cryodesiccation (or lyophilization) and thermodesiccation (spray drying and in-fluidized-bed heating).Thermogravimetric (TG) experiments have shown that the lyophilized yeast contains less residual water than heat-treated yeasts and that it incorporates more water and more rapidly. Isothermal water sorption of a spherical yeast cell has been represented by a two-parameter equation able to take account of a maximum of the hydration rate when this is taken as a function of time. On the other hand, isothermal DSC experiments have shown that hydration-heat values are higher for the heat-treated yeasts than for the lyophilized one. The TG and DSC results have been shown to be consistent with the idea that the physicochemical properties of a dehydrated yeast are related to cell-wall behaviour during desiccation.
Authors:Á. Gombás, P. Szabó-Révész, G. Regdon, and I. Erős
Mannitol and sorbitol are widely used in the pharmaceutical and food industry. There are some technological procedures such
as spray-drying, freeze-drying, tablet compression, during which there is a possibility of heat effect. The purpose of this
work was to study the thermal properties of sorbitol, mannitol and their mixtures. Furthermore, these materials and their
tablet pressing were studied after melting and solidification. The results of the study prove that the use of sorbitol or
mannitol alone is disadvantageous in melt technology. The use of mannitol is limited because of its high melting point (165C)
and the polymorph transition after melting. Sorbitol (melting point: 96.8C) vitrifies from melt, therefore it is hard to
handle during further processing. The melting point of the eutectic mixture (1.8% mannitol and 98.2% sorbitol) was 93.6C.
This mixture was unsuited for pressing because of its glassy property. Our results showed that the most favourable composition
was the mixture of 30% mannitol and 70% sorbitol (melting point: 131.8C) for tablet formulation. This mixture can be recommended
for the formulation of such lozenge and hard candy tablets, where the active ingredient decomposes at higher temperature (>131.8C).
Authors:I. Schulz, U. Illgen, J. Scheve, and K. Backhaus
For application in catalysis and adsorption processes, zeolites are synthesized on the surface of spray-dried kaolin microspheres. Various thermal effects are used for the rapid characterization of the zeolite type and content. From DTA measurements, the exothermic lattice break-down peak gives information on the zeolite type and the thermal stability of the sample. Measurements of the heats of immersion by a very simple and quick method allow conclusions about the type and the sorption properties of the zeolite part of the clay. The most precise method to estimate the zeolite content was a standardized technique of desorption and readsorption of water or organic compounds by means of a thermobalance.
HPLC columns were packed with quasi-spherical montmorillonite particles which were prepared by spray-drying and then thermally
treated. Separations of phenylureas (linuron, neburon, diuron and monuron), phosphothioate phenyl esters (parathion, methyl
parathion and paraoxon) and other smaller substituted benzenes were performed on the columns. The relative retention of the
substituted phenyl pesticides demonstrated the important role polar substituents play in the eluate-surface interactions and
the strong influence of steric factors on these interactions. The retention of the pesticides decreased sharply as the polarity
of the mobile phase increased. The retention of the smaller substituted benzenes showed a similar trend, but for these smaller
molecules this trend was partially counteracted by the increased accessibility of interlayer spaces due to swelling as the
polarity of the liquid phase increased. The role of the exchangeable cation (Na+, Co2+ and Cu2+) in the adsorption was found to be complex. The cations determine both the strength of interaction, which increases with
the valence of the cation, and the accessibility of the interlayer adsorption sites which decreased with the valence.