- PURPOSE: This study was carried out to formulate poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles using a quaternary ammonium salt didodecyl dimethylammonium bromide (DMAB) and checking their utility to deliver paclitaxel by oral route. METHODS: Particles were prepared by emulsion solvent diffusion evaporation method. DMAB and particles stabilized with it were evaluated by MTT and LDH cytotoxicity assays. Paclitaxel was encapsulated in these nanoparticles and evaluated in a chemical carcinogenesis model in Sprague Dawley rats. RESULTS: MTT and LDH assays showed the surfactant to be safe to in vitro cell cultures at concentrations <33 microM. PLGA nanoparticles prepared using this stabilizer were also found to be non-toxic to cell lines for the duration of the study. When administered orally to rats bearing chemically induced breast cancer, nanoparticles were equally effective/better than intravenous paclitaxel in cremophor EL at 50% lower dose. CONCLUSIONS: This study proves the safety and utility of DMAB in stabilizing preformed polymers like PLGA resulting in nanoparticles. This preliminary data provides a proof of concept of enabling oral chemotherapy by efficacy enhancement for paclitaxel.