Biocompatibility and mechanical properties evaluation of chitosan films containing an N-acylhydrazonic derivative.
The N-acylhydrazone subunit is considered a privileged structure in medicinal chemistry for its importance in pharmaceutical research. Also, alternative methods to deliver these molecules have a great pharmaceutical interest. Therefore, the objective of this work was to encapsulate JR19, an N-acyl hydrazone subunit, into chitosan films and evaluate several properties relevant for transdermal delivery, including biocompatibility using in vitro tests. CHI + JR19 film demonstrates greater strength, flexibility, water absorption capacity, low contact angle and higher surface roughness when compared to CHI. Agar diffusion and 3-(4,5-dimethyl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay show the absence of cytotoxicity and the higher cell viability for CHI + JR19 films. Therefore, the addition of JR19 in the system positively influenced mechanical properties and granted better compatibility with biological environments, showing the potential to treat skin inflammation.