Prediction of Drug Loading in the Gelatin Matrix Using Computational Methods

Rania M. Hathout, Abdelkader A. Metwally, Timothy J. Woodman, John G. Hardy

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The delivery of drugs is a topic of intense research activity in both academia and industry with potential for positive economic, health, and societal impacts. The selection of the appropriate formulation (carrier and drug) with optimal delivery is a challenge investigated by researchers in academia and industry, in which millions of dollars are invested annually. Experiments involving different carriers and determination of their capacity for drug loading are very time-consuming and therefore expensive; consequently, approaches that employ computational/theoretical chemistry to speed have the potential to make hugely beneficial economic, environmental, and health impacts through savings in costs associated with chemicals (and their safe disposal) and time. Here, we report the use of computational tools (data mining of the available literature, principal component analysis, hierarchical clustering analysis, partial least squares regression, autocovariance calculations, molecular dynamics simulations, and molecular docking) to successfully predict drug loading into model drug delivery systems (gelatin nanospheres). We believe that this methodology has the potential to lead to significant change in drug formulation studies across the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1549-1556
Issue number3
Early online date13 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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