Abstract

During the past decades, microdevices have been evaluated as a means to overcome challenges within oral drug delivery, thus improving bioavailability. Fabrication of microdevices is often limited to planar or simple 3D designs. Therefore, this work explores how microscale stereolithography 3D printing can be used to fabricate radiopaque microcontainers with enhanced mucoadhesive geometries, which can enhance bioavailability by increasing gastrointestinal retention. Ex vivo force measurements suggest increased mucoadhesion of microcontainers with adhering features, such as pillars and arrows, compared to a neutral design. In vivo studies, utilizing planar x-ray imaging, show time dependent gastrointestinal location of microcontainers, whereas computed tomography scanning and cryogenic scanning electron microscopy reveal information about their spatial dynamics and mucosal interactions. For the first time, the effect of 3D microdevice modifications on gastrointestinal retention is traced in vivo, and the applied methods provide a much-needed approach for investigating the impact of device design on gastrointestinal retention. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2201897
JournalAdvanced Healthcare Materials
Number of pages12
ISSN2192-2640
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

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