Marianne Hiorth

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The physical stability of chitosan nanoparticles cross-linked with sodium tripolyphosphate (TPP) was investigated over a period of 1 month. Special emphasis was placed on changes in the particle size and the particle compactness, which are two important physicochemical parameters of nanoparticulate drug delivery systems. The chitosan-TPP particles were(More)
This study has investigated the permeation of drugs through free films made of pectin and chitosan. The background for this study is the intended use of the films as coating material in a colon-specific drug delivery device. The factors that varied when making the films were the pectin source and grade of the pectin, degree of deacetylation of the chitosan(More)
This study has investigated the potential of immersion coating calcium containing pellet cores first with pectin, and then with two different cross-linkers, calcium or chitosan. The interaction between pectin and calcium, and between pectin and chitosan, are believed to slow down the drug release, and thereby, the coated pellets might possibly be used for(More)
Different non-ionic cellulose ethers (methyl cellulose, MC; hydroxyethyl cellulose, HEC; hydroxypropyl cellulose, HPC; hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, HPMC) and microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) were investigated as matrix formers for preparation of mini-tablets targeting vaginal drug delivery. Hexyl aminolevulinat hydrochloridum (HAL) was used as a model(More)
The objective of this study was to identify the important factors for the drug permeability and mucoadhesion of casted free pectin/chitosan combination films. The factors varied were: the type of pectin (low and high methoxyl pectin) and the ratio pectin:chitosan (25:75, 50:50 and 75:25). The model drug used for measuring drug permeability was paracetamol.(More)
The present study investigated the surface coating of charged liposomes by three different types of pectin (LM, HM and amidated pectin) by particle size determinations and zeta potential measurements. The pectins and the pectin coated liposomes were visualized by atomic force microscopy. The adsorption of pectin onto positive liposomes yielded a(More)
Biopolymers such as pectin, alginate, and chitosan have a great potential in colon drug delivery. The aim of this study was to produce pellets with calcium and chitosan in the core and then by an interfacial complexation reaction coat the cores with pectin or alginate in combination with calcium or chitosan. Pellets with calcium in the core acted as a(More)
Photodynamic therapy has a great potential in the treatment of cervical cancer. The aim of this study was to develop bioadhesive pellets containing hexylaminolevulinate (HAL), a precursor of the photoactive substance PpIX, with a fast release for vaginal drug delivery. Pellets were produced by extrusion/spheronization, and Carbopol(®) 934 was used to obtain(More)
Pectin is a polymer with well-known mucoadhesive properties. In this study, liposomes were coated with three different types of pectin. Their properties were characterized and their mucoadhesiveness was estimated by a novel in vitro approach. Two different types of commercially available mucin were investigated in order to choose the best candidate for the(More)
Good oral health is of major importance for general health and well-being. Several innovative drug delivery systems have been developed for the local treatment and prevention of various diseases in the oral cavity. However, there are currently few optimal systems and many therapeutic challenges still remain, including low drug efficacy and retention at(More)