The diffusion coefficient (also known as diffusivity) of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) is a fundamental physicochemical parameter that affects passive diffusion through biological barriers and, as a consequence, bioavailability and biodistribution. However, this parameter is often neglected, and it is quite difficult to find diffusion coefficients of small molecules of pharmaceutical relevance in the literature. The available methods to measure diffusion coefficients of drugs all suffer from limitations that range from poor sensitivity to high selectivity of the measurements or the need for dedicated instrumentation. In this work, a simple but reliable method based on time-resolved concentration measurements by UV-visible spectroscopy in an unstirred aqueous environment was developed. This method is based on spectroscopic measurement of the variation of the local concentration of a substance during spontaneous migration of molecules, followed by standard mathematical treatment of the data in order to solve Fick's law of diffusion. This method is extremely sensitive and results in highly reproducible data. The technique was also employed to verify the influence of the environmental characteristics (i.e., ionic strength and presence of complexing agents) on the diffusivity. The method can be employed in any research laboratory equipped with a standard UV-visible spectrophotometer and could become a useful and straightforward tool in order to characterize diffusion coefficients in physiological conditions and help to better understand the drug permeability process.

Experimental Determination of Drug Diffusion Coefficients in Unstirred Aqueous Environments by Temporally Resolved Concentration Measurements

CAUZZO, JENNIFER;Franceschinis, Erica;Realdon, Nicola;
2018

Abstract

The diffusion coefficient (also known as diffusivity) of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) is a fundamental physicochemical parameter that affects passive diffusion through biological barriers and, as a consequence, bioavailability and biodistribution. However, this parameter is often neglected, and it is quite difficult to find diffusion coefficients of small molecules of pharmaceutical relevance in the literature. The available methods to measure diffusion coefficients of drugs all suffer from limitations that range from poor sensitivity to high selectivity of the measurements or the need for dedicated instrumentation. In this work, a simple but reliable method based on time-resolved concentration measurements by UV-visible spectroscopy in an unstirred aqueous environment was developed. This method is based on spectroscopic measurement of the variation of the local concentration of a substance during spontaneous migration of molecules, followed by standard mathematical treatment of the data in order to solve Fick's law of diffusion. This method is extremely sensitive and results in highly reproducible data. The technique was also employed to verify the influence of the environmental characteristics (i.e., ionic strength and presence of complexing agents) on the diffusivity. The method can be employed in any research laboratory equipped with a standard UV-visible spectrophotometer and could become a useful and straightforward tool in order to characterize diffusion coefficients in physiological conditions and help to better understand the drug permeability process.
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