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Functionalized halloysite nanotubes: Efficient carrier systems for antifungine drugs

  • Autori: Marina Massaro, Ambra Campofelice⁠⁠, Carmelo Giuseppe Colletti⁠, Giuseppe Lazzara⁠, Renato Noto⁠, Serena Riela⁠
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2018
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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Halloysite-cyclodextrin hybrid was employed as carrier for sustained release of clotrimazole for vaginal or buccal treatment of Candidiasis. The nanocarrier was obtained by functionalization of halloysite surface with cyclodextrin moieties by means of microwave irradiation, with the final goal to obtain a scaffold for the covalent linkage of cysteamine hydrochloride. The interaction between clotrimazole and the pristine components, namely cyclodextrin and halloysite, was thoroughly investigated by several techniques such as DSC, TGA, UV–vis spectroscopy and some adsorption studies were, also, carried out. The release of the antifungine molecule was finally investigated in a medium that imitates the physiological conditions.