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Development of Herbal Biodegradable Polymeric Nanoparticle from Clerodendrum infortunatum L.

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Background: Clerodendrum infortunatum L. commonly known as Bhant, plays a significant role in Indian System of Medicine i.e., Ayurveda, due to its medicinal properties. It grows easily in waste places of all areas of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Aim: The present study was performed with a view to develop a formulation based on herbal nanoparticles to treat metabolic disorder like Hypercholesterolemia which ultimately results into a major risk factor like cardiovascular diseases, hypertension etc. Method: In this research, the petroleum ether extract of root of Clerodendrum infortunatum L. was used to formulate herbal nanoparticle and was evaluated for their surface morphology, entrapment efficiency, drug loading and surface charge. Result: Particle size of optimized batch was found to be 608 nm. Zeta potential, Drug loading and Entrapment Efficiency of optimized batch of Ether Extract was found to be –30 0 mV, 32.8% and 98.40% respectively. Conclusion: Hence, it was an attempt to make herbal polymeric nanoparticle from the ether extract of root of Clerodendrum infortunatum L. using PLGA as a polymer and hence can be used in treating hypercholesterolemia by passive targeting of nanoparticles to liver.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2013

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