• NUR ALAM ABDULLAH Laboratory of Nanotech Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, 16424, Indonesia
  • MAHDI JUFRI Laboratory of Nanotech Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, 16424, Indonesia
  • ABDUL MUNIM Laboratory of Nanotech Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, 16424, Indonesia
  • FADLINA CHANY SAPUTRI Laboratory of Nanotech Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, 16424, Indonesia




Celastrol (Cst), Transdermal nanoemulgel, Anti-inflammatory, Franz diffusion cells (SDF)


Objective: To obtain formulations of Celastrol (Cst) nanoemulgel via transdermal route. Celastrol is classified in BCS 4 class as an anti-inflammatory drug. These routes are considered to reduce the risk of Celastrol side effects and have the same characteristics as skin morphology.

Methods: Celastrol nanoemulgel was prepared by a high-pressure homogenizer (HPH) technique. To find the optimum nanoemulsion area by using the Chemix 7.00 ternary phase program. Celastrol nanoemulgel was evaluated by measuring the particle size, PDI, morphology, zeta potential, stability tests and in vitro using Franz diffusion cell

Results: Results showed the ideal formula based on the ternary phase diagram using chemix 7.00 is oil: smix: water (5:45:50), with particle size 89.9±5 nm, PDI 0.1, and zeta-21 mV. The morphological shape is quite spherical ≤ 100±5 nm. The pH value of this formula is 4.5, which compatible with the pH of the skin. The highest recovery rate of Celastrol and encapsulation efficiency (EE) were formulas 3 μg/ml and 5 μg/ml, with EE 91.70% and 94.54%, respectively. In vitro test results showed that the formula 3 μg/ml and 5 μg/ml give better penetration results than the formula 2.5 μg/ml. Thus, Celastrol nanoemulgel formula has good potential to be developed as a transdermal anti-inflammatory drug.

Conclusion: Transdermal nanoemulgel containing Celastrol has been successfully developed with particle size ≤ 200±2 nm.


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How to Cite

ABDULLAH, N. A., . M. JUFRI, A. MUNIM, and F. C. SAPUTRI. “CELASTROL NANOEMULGEL FORMULATION AND IN VITRO PENETRATION TEST”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 12, no. 8, Aug. 2020, pp. 82-91, doi:10.22159/ijpps.2020v12i8.37167.



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