Analytical method for the determination of curcumin entrapped in polymeric micellar powder using HPLC

Helmy Yusuf, Nina Wijiani, Rizka Arifa Rahmawati, Riesta Primaharinastiti, M. Agus Syamsur Rijal, Dewi Isadiartuti

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Curcumin belongs to the family of curcuminoids, natural polyphenolic compounds that possesses neuroprotective properties, anti inflammatory and anticancer. Its entrapment in the developed casein-based micellar powder (CMP) and poloxamer-based micellar powder (PMP) was to enhance the solubility and improve the bioavailability. Henceforth, the present study aimed to acquire an efficient analytical method for the curcumin analysis in polymeric micellar formulations. A fast and specific HPLC method was developed for analyzing curcumin in two different micellar matrices using casein and poloxamer. The HPLC was equipped with a C18 column (250 × 4 mm, 5 μm) and diode array detector. A designated isocratic elution of curcumin was employed using mobile phase with a composition of water (1%, v/v acetic acid) and acetonitrile in a ratio of 50:50 v/v. The employed flow rate was 1.0 mL/min and the analyte was examined at 421 nm. An effective analysis in HPLC was successfully achieved by the predetermined HPLC condition. A good resolution of peaks at the employed flow rate was achieved. The linearity was excellent in two different range of concentrations, 2-20 and 10-50 μg/mL. The selectivity, accuracy and precision fulfilled the acceptable requirements. The developed method was practically effective to qualitatively identified curcumin. In addition, the assay also effectively quantified the amount of curcumin in the polymeric entrapping matrices which demonstrates that it has great potential to be used in natural compound analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-873
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • HPLC assay
  • curcumin
  • micellar powder


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