Ultrasonic Transdermal Delivery System with Acid-Base Neutralization-Generated CO2 Microbubble Cavitation

Yi Ju Ho, Hui Ching Hsu, Shih Tsung Kang, Ching Hsiang Fan, Chien Wen Chang, Chih Kuang Yeh

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Transdermal delivery systems provide a convenient noninvasive approach for drug administration through the skin, and they have been widely developed for in-home health care. The stratum corneum of the skin surface limits drug penetration, but ultrasound (US)-stimulated microbubble (MB) cavitation can enhance skin permeability to promote transdermal drug penetration. However, the specific materials and complex fabrication of MBs influence the scope of application in transdermal delivery systems. Hence, we studied the mixture of citric acid and NaHCO3 agents to generate shell-free CO2-MBs by acid-base neutralization effect. The generation rate of CO2-MBs was 36.3 ± 10 MBs/s and the mean size was 110 ± 14 μm under US sonication (3.1 MHz, 0.5 W/cm2, 50% duty cycle, 1 min). The penetration of Evans blue and FITC-conjugated hyaluronic acid in rat abdominal skin by CO2-MB cavitation improved 2.4 ± 0.3 and 2.1 ± 0.1 fold, respectively. The penetration depth of Evans blue (27.1 ± 5.1 μm) reached the epidermal layer, providing the potential for inducing transcutaneous immunization. Therefore, we proposed a simple and self-operating ultrasonic transdermal delivery system with CO2-MB cavitation to improve drug penetration for in-home health care development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1968-1975
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Bio Materials
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biochemistry, medical

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