Drug delivery from gold and titanium surfaces using self-assembled monolayers

Gopinath Mani, Dave M. Johnson, Denes Marton, Marc D. Feldman, Devang Patel, Arturo A. Ayon, C. Mauli Agrawal

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Currently available drug-eluting stents (DES) use polymers for coating and releasing drugs. Increasing evidence suggests that inflammatory and hypersensitive reactions are caused by such polymer coatings. This study focused on developing new techniques for delivering drugs directly from metal implant surfaces. Hydroxyl-terminated self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) were coated on Au and Ti surfaces. Therapeutic self-assembled monolayers (TSAMs) were prepared by chemically attaching the model drug, flufenamic acid, to SAM coated metal surfaces. Three different methods of esterification (acid chloride esterification, dry heat esterification, and direct esterification) were explored to attach flufenamic acid to SAMs. TSAMs were characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and contact angle goniometry. These techniques collectively confirmed the attachment of drug onto SAM coated metal surfaces. In vitro drug release was investigated by immersing TSAM coated metal specimens in tris-buffered saline (TBS) at 37 °C for 28 days. TBS was analyzed at 1, 3, 7, 14, 21, and 28 days for the amount of drug eluted using high performance liquid chromatography. Large data scatter was observed for the release profiles of TSAMs prepared by acid chloride esterification. TSAMs prepared by dry heat and direct esterification methods showed an initial burst release of the drug followed by a sustained slow release for up to 2 weeks. Thus, this study suggests the potential for using self-assembled monolayers as an alternate system for delivering drugs from coronary stents and other metal implants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4561-4573
Number of pages13
Issue number34
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Drug delivery
  • Drug-eluting stents
  • Self-assembled monolayers
  • Surface modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Biophysics
  • Biomaterials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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