Purpose: Development of dentotropic (tooth-binding) micelle formulations to improved efficacy and safety of antimicrobial therapy for dental plaque prevention and treatment. Methods: Because of their excellent biocompatibility and biodegradability, diphosphoserine peptide and pyrophosphate were selected as the tooth-binding moieties to replace alendronate, which was used previously. Diphosphoserine peptide was conjugated to Pluronic P123 using "click" chemistry, whereas pyrophosphate was attached to P123 through an ester bond. The tooth-binding micelles (TBMs) were prepared by self-assembly of the modified P123 with the antimicrobial agent triclosan. The influence of human saliva and/or its components on TBMs' drug-releasing profile, tooth-binding potential and binding stability was evaluated in vitro. S. mutans UA159 biofilm formed on hydroxyapatite (HA) discs was used to evaluate the TBMs' therapeutic potential. Results: Saliva does not affect triclosan release from TBMs. More than 60% of TBMs' HA binding capacity was maintained in the presence of saliva. Less than 5% of TBMs bound to HA was released over 24 h in human saliva, protease or phosphatase, suggesting the retention properties of the TBMs will not be compromised due to the biodegradable nature of the binding moieties. In both in vitro biofilm prevention and treatment studies, the TBM treated group showed significantly lower CFU per HA disc compared to the controls (2-log reduction, p < 0.05). Conclusion: The data from these studies suggest that the novel dentotropic micelle formulations bearing biodegradable tooth-binding moieties can be used as an effective and safe delivery tool for antimicrobials to improve dental plaque prevention and treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2808-2817
Number of pages10
JournalPharmaceutical Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Pluronic
  • antimicrobial
  • biofilm
  • dental plaque
  • dentotropic
  • micelle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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