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BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter September 22, 2018

Polymer drug release system for biofilm inhibition in medical application

  • Katharina Wulf , Daniela Arbeiter , Thomas Eickner , Katharina Riedel , Klaus-Peter Schmitz , Niels Grabow and Stefanie Kohse


Bacterial biofilm formation on surfaces is still a critical challenge regarding the application of implants. Generally, in order to avoid this, an additional systemic administration of antibiotics is given, which can lead to side effects, such as the reduction of the intestinal flora. Continuous treatment may lead to antibiotics resistance. Within this study we investigated the local drug delivery of N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) from a Poly-L-lactide (PLLA) coating, an ished biodegradable polymer and a polyetherurethane (PEU) coating, a promising representative non-degradable polymer for cardiovascular applications as alternative to the administration of antibiotics. The incorporation of NAC influenced the surface properties of PEU in contrast to that of PLLA. The in vitro NAC release is almost completed after 24 h for PEU. For PLLA only small amounts of incorporated NAC, depending on the NAC loading, is released after a short time. Both systems are rather useful as local NAC delivery system directly after implantation.

Published Online: 2018-09-22
Published in Print: 2018-09-01

© 2018 the author(s), published by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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