Methyl-DEAE-dextran: a candidate biomaterial.


The full quaternisation of DEAE-dextran was successfully attempted and an application of the quaternised product was suggested. Commercial DEAE-dextran was reacted with iodomethane at 60 degrees C in the presence of NaOH. The raw product was purified by dialysis, during which the iodide ion was replaced by chloride. N-methylation and O-methylation resulted from the reaction. A second methylation step produced no further changes in the molecule. Alkalimetry indicated the absence of amino groups in the methylated polymer molecule, thus testifying to a complete quaternisation. N-acetylcysteine (AcCy) was neutralised with the polymer in the hydroxide form, thus obtaining the methyl DEAE-dextran salt of AcCy (Me-DEAE-dextran/AcCy), whereby an ophthalmic formulation for the treatment of the dry eye syndrome was prepared. For comparison, the neutral AcCy salt of commercial DEAE-dextran (DEAE-dextran/AcCy) was prepared. The AcCy content in Me-DEAE-dextran/AcCy was higher than in DEAE-dextran/AcCy (23 vs 13%), while the viscosity of a solution containing the salt concentration corresponding to the therapeutic AcCy concentration (4%w/v) was lower with the former compared to the latter salt (20.5 vs 23.9 mPa s). Both solutions were ipotonic (245 mOsm/kg), whereas the commercial Tirocular is strongly hypertonic (900 mOsm/kg) and irritant.

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@article{Zambito2004MethylDEAEdextranAC, title={Methyl-DEAE-dextran: a candidate biomaterial.}, author={Ylenia Zambito and Andrea Baggiani and Vera Carelli and Maria Serafini and Giacomo Di Colo}, journal={Bio-medical materials and engineering}, year={2004}, volume={14 4}, pages={411-7} }