PEG-containing siloxane materials by metal-free click-chemistry for ocular drug delivery applications
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Metal-free click-chemistry can be used to create silicone hydrogels for ocular drug delivery applications, imparting the benefits of silicones without catalyst contamination. Previous work has demonstrated the capacity for these materials to significantly reduce protein adsorption. Building upon this success, the current work examines and optimizes different materials in terms of their protein adsorption and drug release capabilities. Specifically, incorporating lower molecular weight poly-ethylene glycol (PEG) is better able to reduce protein adsorption. However, with higher molecular weight PEG, the materials exhibit excellent water content and better drug release profiles. The lower molecular weight PEG is also able to deliver the drug over a period in excess of four months, with the amount of crosslinking having the greatest impact on the amount of drug release. Overall, these materials show great promise for ocular applications.
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