Regional Variation in Oral Mucosal Drug Absorption: Permeability and Degree of Keratinization in Hamster Oral Cavity

Yuji Kurosaki, Toshihito Takatori, Hidekatsu Nishimura, Taiji Nakayama, Toshikiro Kimura

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The regional permeability of oral mucosa to salicylic acid was investigated in vivo in hamsters along with histological variations, especially the degree of keratinization. Histological sections from six regions, i.e., sublingual mucosa, buccal mucosa, dorsum of tongue, ventral surface of tongue, labial mucosa, and cheek pouch mucosa, were prepared to assess the degree of keratinization. The area under the plasma concentration–time curve of salicylic acid following the administration of salicylic acid to the oral mucosa with a film dosage form and the thickness of stratum corneum of each site were in inverse proportion to each other, suggesting that the stratum corneum layer represents the principle barrier to drug absorption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1297-1301
Number of pages5
JournalPharmaceutical Research
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1991



  • hamster
  • histological variation
  • oral mucosa
  • permeability
  • salicylic acid
  • stratum corneum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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