Cyclodextrins (sometimes called cycloamyloses) are a family of compounds made up of sugar molecules bound together in a ring (cyclic oligosaccharides).
Cyclodextrins are produced from starch by means of enzymatic conversion.
- They are used in food, pharmaceutical, drug delivery, and chemical industries, as well as agriculture and environmental engineering.
- The solubility of lipophilic drugs increases linearly with the concentration of hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBC) in aqueous solution because of the complex between HBC and the drug. This guest-host type complex is formed between the drug and the non-polar cavity in the HBC that results in enhanced solubility. Solutions may be lyophilized to produce freely soluble powders.
Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclodextrin