Optimization of synthesis process of thermally-responsive poly-n-isopropylacrylamide nanoparticles for controlled release of antimicrobial hydrophobic compounds
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The goal of this study was to develop an effective method to synthesize poly-n-isopropylacrylamide (PNIPAAM) nanoparticles with entrapped cinnamon bark extract (CBE) to improve its delivery to foodborne pathogens and control its release with temperature stimuli. CBE was used as a model for hydrophobic natural antimicrobials. A top-down procedure using crosslinked PNIPAAM was compared to a bottom-up procedure using NIPAAM monomer. Both processes relied on self-assembly of the molecules into micelles around the CBE at 40 °C. Processing conditions were compared including homogenization time of the polymer, hydration time prior to homogenization, lyophilization, and the effect of particle ultrafiltration. The top-down versus bottom-up synthesis methods yielded particles with significantly different characteristics, especially their release profiles and antimicrobial activities. The synthesis methods affected particle size, with the bottom-up procedure resulting in smaller (P < 0.05) diameters than the top-down procedure. The controlled release profile of CBE from nanoparticles was dependent on the release media temperature. A faster, burst release was observed at 40 °C and a slower, more sustained release was observed at lower temperatures. PNIPAAM particles containing CBE were analyzed for their antimicrobial activity against Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium LT2 and Listeria monocytogenes Scott A. The PNIPAAM particles synthesized via the top-down procedure had a much faster release, which led to a greater (P < 0.05) antimicrobial activity. Both of the top-down nanoparticles performed similarly, therefore the 7 min homogenization time nanoparticles would be the best for this application, as the process time is shorter and little improvement was seen by using a slightly longer homogenization.
Subjectstimuli-responsive, synthesis optimization, hydrophobic antimicrobial, nano-encapsulation, antimicrobial activity, bottom-up, top-down processes
Hill, Laura; Gomes, Carmen (2014). Optimization of synthesis process of thermally-responsive poly-n-isopropylacrylamide nanoparticles for controlled release of antimicrobial hydrophobic compounds. Materials Research Express. Available electronically from
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