Vaccination is one of the most effective and efficient ways to control the spread of more than thirty infectious diseases.
In this study we investigated whether a core-shell based implant, containing ovalbumin as core material and poly(DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) of various monomer ratios as shell material can be used to obtain such a booster release. An in vitro release study showed that the lag time after which the ovalbumin was released from the core-shell implant increased with increasing lactic to glycolic acid ratio of the polymer and ranged from 3–6 weeks. Fluorescence spectroscopy showed minimal differences between native ovalbumin and ovalbumin from core-shell implants that were incubated until just before the observed in vitro release. In addition, mice immunized with a subcutaneous inserted core-shell implant containing ovalbumin showed an ovalbumin-specific IgG1 antibody response after a lag time of 4 or 6–8 weeks.