To construct the ferulic acid loaded chitosan microspheres containing liposomes.
Ferulic acid was selected to be the model drug. Liposomes were prepared by calcium acetate gradient method. The entrapment efficiency of liposomes was(79.97 +/- 0.54)%, the average size was (187.6 +/- 11.9) nm and the Zeta potential was -12.67 +/-1.78. The chitosan microspheres, whose entrapment efficiency was (57.89 +/- 1.72)%, were prepared by onic gelation method after liposomes were mixed with chiotosan solution. Ferulic acid was entrapped in liposomes in amorphous form and then liposomes were distributed in microspheres intactly.
The 80.97% liposomes were released from microspheres and the 32.33% ferulic acid was released from microspheres at 12 h, which was much slower than simple chitosan microspheres.
This study demonstrated that chitosan microspheres containing liposomes have good sustained-releasing property in vitro.
Zhongguo Zhong yao za zhi = Zhongguo zhongyao zazhi = China journal of Chinese materia medica 11/2010; 35(22):2972-5.