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  • Mucins are Involved in the Intestinal Permeation of Lipophilic Drugs in
           the Proximal Region of Rat Small Intestine
    • Abstract: Purpose Mucins are the principal glycoproteins in mucus and have been implicated in the limitation of intestinal drug absorption; however, the contribution of these molecules to intestinal drug absorption remains unclear. In this study, the relationship between the effect of the mucus layer on intestinal drug permeation and mucin distribution in different parts of the rat gastrointestinal tract was evaluated. Methods The intestinal permeability of various lipophilic drugs in rat small intestine was evaluated using the in vitro sac method. The expression profiles of mucin mRNA and proteins were evaluated by quantitative real-time RT-PCR and western blotting, respectively. Results The intestinal permeability of griseofulvin and antipyrine was enhanced by dithiothreitol (DTT) treatment in the proximal small intestine, such as duodenum and jejunum, but not in the distal regions. The mRNA expression analysis of rat mucin genes revealed that the intestinal expression of Muc5ac was considerably higher in the duodenum, whereas that of Muc1, Muc2, and Muc3A was gradually increased toward the lower intestine. In addition, Muc5ac protein was detected only in the luminal fluids from the proximal small intestine after DTT treatment. Conclusions Mucus limits the intestinal permeation of lipophilic drugs in the rat proximal small intestine, in which Muc5ac may be involved.
      PubDate: 2019-09-16
  • ApoE-2 Brain-Targeted Gene Therapy Through Transferrin and Penetratin
           Tagged Liposomal Nanoparticles
    • Abstract: Purpose Apolipoprotein E2 (ApoE2) gene therapy is a potential disease-modifying therapy for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We investigated the potential of plasmid encoding ApoE2 loaded brain-targeted functionalized-liposomes for treatment of AD. This was achieved via systemic administration of liposomes entrapping therapeutic gene targeting the brain of mice. Methods Targeting and transfection efficiency of designed liposomes were determined in bEnd.3, primary glial and primary neuronal cells. The ability of liposomal formulations to translocate across in vitro blood-brain barrier (BBB) and, thereafter, transfect primary neuronal cells was investigated using in vitro triple co-culture BBB model. We quantified ApoE expression in the brain of mice after single intravenous injection of brain-targeted liposomes loaded with plasmid ApoE2. Results Dual surface modification enhanced the in vitro transfection efficiency of designed liposomes. Successful delivery of therapeutic gene overcoming BBB by Transferrin-Penetratin- modified liposomes was demonstrated both in vitro and in vivo. Significant (p < 0.05) increase in ApoE levels in the brain of mice was observed after intravenous administration of Tf-Pen-liposomes encasing plasmid ApoE2. Conclusion The results indicate that dual-ligand based liposomal gene delivery systems had both enhanced brain targeting and gene delivery efficiencies. Transferrin-Penetratin modified liposomes for delivery of plasmid ApoE2 has great potential for AD treatment.
      PubDate: 2019-09-16
  • Glycine-Poly-L-Lactic Acid Copolymeric Nanoparticles for the Efficient
           Delivery of Bortezomib
    • Abstract: Purpose Bortezomib (BTZ) is a proteasome inhibitor used for multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma treatment. BTZ’s aqueous in solubility is the main hindrance in its successful development as a commercial formulation. The main objective of the present study is to develop and characterize folic acid-glycine-poly-L-lactic acid (FA-Gly4-PLA) based nanoformulation (NPs) to improve solubility and efficacy of BTZ. Methods BTZ loaded FA-Gly4-PLA NPs were prepared and characterized for size, zeta potential, in vitro studies such as release, kinetics modeling, hemolytic toxicity, and cell line-based studies (Reactive Oxygen Species: ROS and cytotoxicity). Results BTZ loaded NPs (BTZ-loaded FA-Gly4-PLA) and blank NPs (FA-Gly4-PLA) size, zeta, and PDI were found to be 110 ± 8.1 nm, 13.7 ± 1.01 mV, 0.19 ± 0.03 and 198 ± 9.01 nm, 8.63 ± 0.21 mV, 0.21 ± 0.08 respectively. The percent encapsulation efficiency (% EE) and percent drug loading (% DL) of BTZ loaded FA-Gly4-PLA NPs was calculated to be 78.3 ± 4.1 and 12.38 ± 2.1. The Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) showed that NPs were slightly biconcave in shape. The in vitro release of BTZ from FA-Gly4-PLA NPs resulted in the sustained manner. The prepared NPs were less hemolytic than BTZ. Conclusions BTZ loaded Gly4-PLA NPs apoptotic index was found to be much higher than BTZ but lesser than BTZ loaded FA-Gly4-PLA against breast cancer cell lines (MDA-MB-231). ROS intracellular assessment assay indicated that BTZ and BTZ loaded FA-Gly4-PLA NPs exhibited higher ROS production. Conclusively, the BTZ loaded FA-Gly4-PLA NPs were able to encapsulate more BTZ than BTZ loaded Gly4-PLA NPs and were found to be more effective as per as in vitro anti-cancer effect is concerned.
      PubDate: 2019-09-13
  • Gel Formation Induced Slow Dissolution of Amorphous Indomethacin
    • Abstract: Purpose Amorphous indomethacin (IMC) forms gel with a decreased dissolution behavior compared to crystalline IMC during dissolution. The current study aims to explore gelation mechanism and attempt to eliminate gelling effect by formulation development. Methods Amorphous IMC was prepared by melt-quenching method. Dissolution tests of amorphous IMC were performed at various temperatures under sink condition. The formed gels were characterized by PLM, SEM, DSC and XRPD. Results Amorphous IMC exhibited an initial higher dissolution followed by a decreased dissolution lower than its crystalline counterpart at 32 and 37°C, and even a much lower dissolution during the whole dissolution period at 45°C. Meanwhile, a viscous soft mass (“gel”) was observed to adhere upon the paddle or wall of the vessel. The formed gel could be characterized as a three-dimensional dense micro-fiber structure under SEM. The gel formation was proposed to be related to the decreased Tg of amorphous IMC when contacting aqueous medium, resulting in entering into supercooled liquid state with high viscosity. The addition of hydrophilic silica accelerated gel formation, while mixing with hydrophobic silica was able to weaken and even eliminate the gelation, and hence significantly enhancing dissolution. Conclusions The present study recommends that gel formation should be included in the investigation of amorphous materials in order to find ways for resolving defects of amorphous materials while keeping their advantages in pharmaceutics.
      PubDate: 2019-09-12
  • Metabolome Analysis Reveals Dermal Histamine Accumulation in Murine
           Dermatitis Provoked by Genetic Deletion of P-Glycoprotein and Breast
           Cancer Resistance Protein
    • Abstract: Purpose P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) are xenobiotic transporters which pump out variety types of compounds, but information on their interaction with endogenous substrates in the skin is limited. The purpose of the present study was to clarify possible association of these transporters in dermal accumulation of inflammatory mediators. Methods Dermatitis model was constructed by repeated topical application of oxazolone in wild-type, and P-gp and BCRP gene triple knockout (Mdr1a/1b/Bcrp−/−) mice to observe difference in phenotype. Target metabolome analysis of 583 metabolites was performed using skin and plasma. Results Dermatitis and scratching behavior in dermatitis model of Mdr1a/1b/Bcrp−/− mice were more severe than wild-type mice, suggesting protective roles of these transporters. This hypothesis was supported by the metabolome analysis which revealed that concentration of histamine and other dermatitis-associated metabolites like urate and serotonin in the dermatitis skin, but not normal skin, of Mdr1a/1b/Bcrp−/− mice was higher than that of wild-type mice. Gene expression of P-gp and BCRP was reduced in oxazolone-treated skin and the skin of patients with atopic dermatitis or psoriasis. Conclusions These results suggest possible association of these efflux transporters with dermal inflammatory mediators, and such association could be observed in the dermatitis skin.
      PubDate: 2019-09-11
  • Methotrexate Reduces the Clearance of Adalimumab by Increasing the
           Concentration of Neonatal Fc Receptor in Tissues
    • Abstract: Purpose Although pharmacokinetic (PK) interaction effects of methotrexate (MTX) on adalimumab have been found, the mechanism of these effects is still unclear. In this work, effects of MTX on the concentration of neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) and the role of FcRn in the interaction between MTX and adalimumab were investigated. Methods The experiment was performed in rats whose FcRn had normal physiological function and also in rats whose FcRn was blocked with FcRn antibody. Rats were randomly assigned to receive placebo or 0.2 mg/kg MTX orally every week while taking one abdominal subcutaneous injection of 0.5 mg/kg adalimumab. The FcRn concentration in tissues and the PK parameters of adalimumab were compared between MTX-treated and placebo groups. Results In rats with normally functioning FcRn, the concentrations of FcRn were significantly increased in the liver (F=105.5, p=0.000) and kidney (F=996.312, p=0.000) after treatment with MTX, and the clearance (CL/F) of adalimumab was decreased accordingly (F=4.423, p=0.048). However, in rats injected with FcRn antibody, the concentrations of FcRn in MTX-treated rats were close to that of the placebo rats in the tissues of the liver (F=1.279, p=0.268) and kidney (F=0.661, p=0.424). The CL/F of adalimumab in rats was also not affected by MTX (F=0.002, p=0.961). Conclusions FcRn may play a vital role in the interaction between adalimumab and MTX.
      PubDate: 2019-09-06
  • Benefits of Fractal Approaches in Solid Dosage Form Development
    • Abstract: Pharmaceutical formulations are complex systems consisting of active pharmaceutical ingredient(s) and a number of excipients selected to provide the intended performance of the product. The understanding of materials’ properties and technological processes is a requirement for building quality into pharmaceutical products. Such understanding is gained mostly from empirical correlations of material and process factors with quality attributes of the final product. However, it seems also important to gain knowledge based on mechanistic considerations. Promising is here to study morphological and/or topological characteristics of particles and their aggregates. These geometric aspects must be taken into account to better understand how product attributes emerge from raw materials, which includes, for example, mechanical tablet properties, disintegration or dissolution behavior. Regulatory agencies worldwide are promoting the use of physical models in pharmaceutics to design quality into a final product. This review deals with pharmaceutical applications of theoretical models, focusing on percolation theory, fractal, and multifractal geometry. The use of these so-called fractal approaches improves the understanding of different aspects in the development of solid dosage forms, for example by identifying critical drug and excipient concentrations, as well as to study effects of heterogeneity on dosage form performance. The aim is to link micro- and macrostructure to the emerging quality attributes of the pharmaceutical solid dosage forms as a strategy to enhance mechanistic understanding and to advance pharmaceutical development and manufacturing processes.
      PubDate: 2019-09-06
  • Food, Acid Supplementation and Drug Absorption – a Complicated Gastric
           Mix: a Randomized Control Trial
    • Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of food on gastric pH and the ability of over the counter betaine hydrochloride (BHCl) acid to reacidify gastric pH after food-induced elevations in gastric pH. Methods This open-label cross over clinical study (NCT02758015) included 9 subjects who were randomly assigned to one of 16 possible, 4-period cross-over sequences to determine the impact and relationship of food and gastric pH with acid supplementation. Subjects were administered various doses (1500 mg, 3000 mg and 4500 mg) of betaine hydrochloride (BHCl) to determine the ability of acid supplementation to reacidify gastric pH after the elevation of gastric pH caused by the ingestion of food. Results Following the administration of food and the resulting elevation in gastric pH, time to return to baseline gastric pH levels without acid supplementation was 49.7 ± 14.0 min. Administering 4500 mg of BHCl acid in capsules was able to reacidify gastric pH levels back to baseline following the administration of food in approximately 17.3 ± 5.9 min. AUCpH of each treatment were similar and not statistically different. Mean max pH following the administration of food was 3.20 ± 0.55. Conclusion The ability of food to elevate and maintain gastric pH levels in the presence of acid supplementation was made evident throughout the study. A 4500 mg dose of BHCl was required to reacidify gastric pH after the administration of food. This study details the difficulty faced by clinicians in dosing a poorly soluble, weakly basic drug to patients receiving acid reducing agents where administration with food is recommended to avoid gastric side effects. Trial Registration:
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
  • Quality-by-Design Concepts to Improve Nanotechnology-Based Drug
    • Abstract: The purpose of this review is to discuss the challenges associated with the development of nanoparticle-based quality drug products in adhering to the principles of quality by design (QbD) and defining appropriate quality parameters towards successful product development. With the advent of nanotechnology into the pharmaceutical field, the novel field of nanomedicine was born. Due to their unique properties in terms of size, conformation and targeted delivery, nanomedicines are able to overcome many drawbacks of conventional medicine. As nano-sized formulations have made their way into more and more therapies, it has became clear that these very unique properties create hurdles for nanomedicines in successfully traversing the regulatory pathways and there is a need to develop nanomedicines in a more controlled and consistent fashion. The elements of a QbD methodology explained in this review enable the development of nano-based formulations in a way that maximizes the possibility of success. The identification of critical quality attributes (CQA) of the drug product and its intermediates are discussed in detail with a focus on nanomaterial-based formulations. In conclusion, QbD and the identification and specification of CQAs at its core are critical to the design, development and growth of nanomaterials in pharmaceuticals.
      PubDate: 2019-09-03
  • Multicomponent Conjugates of Anticancer Drugs and Monoclonal Antibody with
           PAMAM Dendrimers to Increase Efficacy of HER-2 Positive Breast Cancer
    • Abstract: Purpose Conjugation of nanocarriers with antibodies that bind to specific membrane receptors that are overexpressed in cancer cells enables targeted delivery. In the present study, we developed and synthesised two PAMAM dendrimer-trastuzumab conjugates that carried docetaxel or paclitaxel, specifically targeted to cells which overexpressed HER-2. Methods The 1H NMR, 13C NMR, FTIR and RP-HPLC were used to analyse the characteristics of the products and assess their purity. The toxicity of PAMAM-trastuzumab, PAMAM-doc-trastuzumab and PAMAM-ptx-trastuzumab conjugates was determined using MTT assay and compared with free trastuzumab, docetaxel and paclitaxel toward HER-2-positive (SKBR-3) and negative (MCF-7) human breast cancer cell lines. The cellular uptake and internal localisation were studied using flow cytometry and confocal microscopy, respectively. Results The PAMAM-drug-trastuzumab conjugates in particular showed extremely high toxicity toward the HER-2-positive SKBR-3 cells and very low toxicity towards to HER-2-negative MCF-7 cells. As expected, the HER-2-positive SKBR-3 cell line accumulated trastuzumab from both conjugates rapidly; but surprisingly, although a large amount of PAMAM-ptx-trastuzumab conjugate was observed in the HER-2-negative MCF-7 cells. Confocal microscopy confirmed the intracellular localisation of analysed compounds. The key result of fluorescent imaging was the identification of strong selective binding of the PAMAM-doc-trastuzumab conjugate with HER-2-positive SKBR-3 cells only. Conclusions Our results confirm the high selectivity of PAMAM-doc-trastuzumab and PAMAM-ptx-trastuzumab conjugates for HER-2-positive cells, and demonstrate the utility of trastuzumab as a targeting agent. Therefore, the analysed conjugates present an promising approach for the improvement of efficacy of targeted delivery of anticancer drugs such as docetaxel or paclitaxel.
      PubDate: 2019-09-03
  • Analytical Platform for Monitoring Aggregation of Monoclonal Antibody
    • Abstract: Purpose To develop an analytical platform for the estimation as well as characterization of aggregates over the complete size spectrum (from invisible monomer to visible precipitates). Methods Two mAb samples were incubated at 30°C in different buffer systems of protein A chromatography for observing degradation due to aggregation. The aggregation in these samples was quantified by size exclusion chromatography (SEC), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and micro flow imaging (MFI). Results The results obtained from various characterization tools were analysed in various size ranges - size exclusion chromatography (SEC) (1 nm - 25 nm), dynamic light scattering (DLS) (10 nm - 5 μm), and micro flow imaging (MFI) (2 μm - 300 μm). Since each characterization tool covers a particular size range, data from multiple tools was collected in the “handover” regions to demonstrate accuracy of the platform. Conclusions Based on the observations from the experiments, an analytical platform has been proposed covering the whole size spectrum that would be of utility to those engaged in formulation development as well as other aspects related to stability of biotherapeutic products.
      PubDate: 2019-08-28
  • Assessing the Utility of In Vitro Screening Tools for Predicting
           Bio-Performance of Oral Peptide Delivery
    • Abstract: Purpose In this study we evaluated the utility of in-vitro screening tools for predicting the in-vivo behavior of six cyclic peptides with different solubility and permeability properties (BCS class II and III), intended for oral delivery in presence of permeation enhancer Labrasol. Methods An in vitro flux assay was used to assess peptide permeation across a biomimetic, lipid-based membrane and in vivo studies in rats were used to determine oral peptide bioavailability in the presence of Labrasol. Results The in vitro flux was significantly increased for BCS class III peptides, while it significantly decreased or remained unchanged for BCS class II peptides with increasing Labrasol concentrations. The different flux responses were attributed to the combination of reduced effective free peptide concentration and increased membrane permeability in the presence of Labrasol. In vivo studies in male Wistar-Hans rats indicated improved oral bioavailability at different extents for all peptides in presence of Labrasol. On comparing the in vitro and in vivo data, a potential direct correlation for BCS class III peptides was seen but not for BCS class II peptides, due to lower free concentrations of peptides in this class. Conclusion This study assessed the utility of in vitro screening tools for selecting peptides and permeation excipients early in drug product development. Graphical Graphical and Figure 1 contains small text.Graphical text is made larger. The Figure 1 text cannot be made larger.
      PubDate: 2019-08-26
  • Understanding the Tabletability Differences between Indomethacin
           Polymorphs Using Powder Brillouin Light Scattering
    • Abstract: Purpose The unconventional tabletability of the indomethacin polymorphs – α and γ – are investigated from a topological and mechanical perspective using powder Brillouin light scattering (p-BLS) to identify the specific structure-performance relationship in these materials. Method Indomethacin (γ-form) was purchased and used to prepare the α polymorph. Powder X-ray diffraction was used to confirm phase identity, while p-BLS was used to obtain the mechanical properties. Energy frameworks were determined with Crystal Explorer to visualize the interaction topologies. Using a Carver press and a stress-strain analyzer, the tableting performance of each polymorph was determined. Results Polymorph-specific acoustic frequency distributions were observed with distinct, zero-porosity, aggregate elastic moduli determined. The p-BLS spectra for α-indomethacin display a population of low-velocity shear modes, indicating a direction of facilitated shear. This improves slip-mediated plasticity and tabletability. Our p-BLS spectra experimentally indicates that a low-energy slip system is available to α-indomethacin which supports ours and previous energy framework calculations. Despite a 2d-layered crystal motif favorable for shear deformation, the γ-form displays a higher shear modulus that is supported by our hydrogen-bonding analysis of γ-indomethacin. Conclusion Our experimental, mechanical data is consistent with the predicted interaction topologies and these two inputs combined permit a comprehensive, molecular understanding of polymorph-specific tabletability.
      PubDate: 2019-08-19
  • Nano-Co-Delivery of Berberine and Anticancer Drug Using PLGA
           Nanoparticles: Exploration of Better Anticancer Activity and In Vivo
    • Abstract: Purpose Combinatorial approach can be beneficial for cancer treatment with better patient recovery. Co-delivery of natural and synthetic anticancer drug not only valuable to achieve better anticancer effectivity but also to ascertain toxicity. This study was aimed to co-deliver berberine (natural origin) and doxorubicin (synthetic origin) utilizing conjugation/encapsulation strategy through poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles. Methods Doxorubicin was efficiently conjugated to PLGA via carbodiimide chemistry and the PLGA-doxorubicin conjugate (PDC) was used for encapsulation of berberine (PDBNP). Results Significant anti-proliferative against MDA-MB-231 and T47D breast cancer cell lines were observed with IC50 of 1.94 ± 0.22 and 1.02 ± 0.36 μM, which was significantly better than both the bio-actives (p < 0.05). The ROS study revealed that the PDBNP portrayed the slight increase in the reactive oxygen species (ROS) pattern in MDA-MB-231 cell line in a dose-dependent manner, while in T47D cells, no significant change in ROS was seen. PDBNP exhibits significant alteration (depolarization) in mitochondrial membrane permeability and arrest of cell cycle progression at sub G1 phase while the Annexin V/PI assay followed by confocal microscopy resulted into cell death mode to be because of necrosis against MDA-MB-231 cells. In vivo studies in Sprague Dawley rats revealed almost 14-fold increase in half life and a significant increase in plasma drug concentration. Conclusion The overall approach of PLGA based co-delivery of doxorubicin and berberine witnessed synergetic effect and reduced toxicity as evidenced by preliminary toxicity studies.
      PubDate: 2019-08-16
  • Antibacterial Silver-Conjugated Magnetic Nanoparticles: Design, Synthesis
           and Bactericidal Effect
    • Abstract: Purpose The aim was to design and thoroughly characterize monodisperse Fe3O4@SiO2-Ag nanoparticles with strong antibacterial properties, which makes them a candidate for targeting bacterial infections. Methods The monodisperse Fe3O4 nanoparticles were prepared by oleic acid-stabilized thermal decomposition of Fe(III) oleate; the particles were coated with silica shell using a water-in-oil reverse microemulsion, involving hydrolysis and condensation of tetramethyl orthosilicate. Resulting Fe3O4@SiO2 particles were modified by (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane to introduce 1.1 mmol SH/g. Finally, the Fe3O4@SiO2-SH nanoparticles were decorated with silver nanoclusters formed by reduction of silver nitrate with NaBH4. The particles were analyzed by FTIR, X-ray photoelectron and atomic absorption spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering and vibrating sample magnetometry. The antibacterial activity of the Fe3O4@SiO2 and Fe3O4@SiO2-Ag nanoparticles was tested against Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative Escherichia coli bacteria cultivated on Luria agar plates or in Luria broth. Results The superparamagnetic Fe3O4@SiO2-Ag nanoparticles (21 nm in diameter; saturation magnetization 26 A∙m2/kg) were successfully obtained and characterized. Inhibitory and toxic effects against bacteria were documented by incubation of the Fe3O4@SiO2-Ag nanoparticles with Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Conclusions The combination of magnetic properties together with bactericidal effects is suitable for the disinfection of medical instruments, water purification, food packaging, etc.
      PubDate: 2019-08-14
  • Medications in Space: In Search of a Pharmacologist’s Guide to the
    • Abstract: Medications have been used during space missions for more than half a century, yet our understanding of the effects of spaceflight on drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics is poor. The space environment induces time-dependent alterations in human physiology that include fluid shifts, cardiovascular deconditioning, bone and muscle density loss, and impaired immunity. This review presents the current knowledge on the physiological effects of spaceflight that can translate into altered drug disposition and activity and eventually to inadequate treatment. It describes findings from studies in astronauts along with mechanistic studies in animal models and in vitro systems. Future missions into deeper space and the emergence of commercial spaceflight will require a more detailed understanding of space pharmacology to optimize treatment in astronauts and space travelers.
      PubDate: 2019-08-14
  • Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Modeling and Simulation Analysis of
           CTB-001, a Recently Developed Generic of Bivalirudin
    • Abstract: Purpose CTB-001, a recently developed generic version of bivalirudin, an FDA-approved anticoagulant used for prophylaxis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, has shown good efficacy and safety in clinical trials. We characterized the pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) of CTB-001 by modeling and simulation analysis. Methods PK/PD data were collected from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single-dose, dose-escalation phase 1 study conducted in 24 healthy Korean male subjects. PK/PD analysis was conducted sequentially by nonlinear mixed-effects modeling implemented in NONMEM®. Monte-Carlo simulations were conducted for PK, activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), prothrombin time (PT), and thrombin time (TT). Results The CTB-101 PK was best described by a three-compartment linear model with a saturable binding peripheral compartment. All PD endpoints showed dose-response relationship, and their changes over time paralleled those of CTB-101 concentrations. A simple maximum effect model best described the aPTT, PT in INR, PT in seconds, and TT, whereas an inhibitory simple maximum effect model best described PT in percentages. The maximum duration of effect of CTB-001 on aPTT prolongation was 52.1 s. Conclusions The modeling and simulation analysis well-characterized the PK and PD of CTB-001 in healthy Koreans, which will be valuable for identifying optimal dosing regimens of CBT-001.
      PubDate: 2019-08-08
  • Anti-GPC3 Antibody Tagged Cationic Switchable Lipid-Based Nanoparticles
           for the Co-Delivery of Anti-miRNA27a And Sorafenib in Liver Cancers
    • Abstract: Purpose The immediate plasma metabolism and development of chemo-resistance (single agent) severely hampers the clinical effectiveness of Sorafenib (SRF) in liver cancer therapy. MicroRNA27a inhibition is a promising biological strategy for breast cancer therapy. Methods In this study, we aimed to prepare SRF and anti-miRNA27a-loaded anti-GPC3 antibody targeted lipid nanoparticles to enhance the therapeutic efficacy against liver cancers. In this study, we have employed a unique cationic switchable lipid (CSL) as a mean to encapsulate miRNA as well as to confer pH-responsiveness to the nanocarrier system. Results The G-S27LN was nanosized and offered a pH-responsive release of SRF from the carrier system and we have demonstrated the specific affinity of G-S27LN towards the GPC3-overexpressed HepG2 cancer cells. Anti-microRNA27a significantly increased the protein expression of FOXO1 and PPAR-γ which are crucial components involved in proliferation and apoptosis of tumor cells. Combination of SRF and anti-miRNA27a (G-S27LN) resulted in significantly lower cell viability with a marked increase in the apoptosis cell proportion compared to that of free SRF indicating the synergistic anticancer effect. Animal studies in liver cancer xenograft model demonstrated significant suppression of tumor burden, reduced tumor cell and elevated TUNEL positive apoptosis with no toxicity concerns in animals treated with G-S27LN formulation. Conclusion The CSL-based G-S27LN efficiently co-delivered anti-microRNA27a and SRF and therefore represents a promising therapy to treat liver cancer. This study also brings forth a platform strategy for the effective treatment of number of other advanced cancers.
      PubDate: 2019-08-08
  • Thermal Sensitive Liposomes Improve Delivery of Boronated Agents for Boron
           Neutron Capture Therapy
    • Abstract: Purpose Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) has the potential to become a viable cancer treatment modality, but its clinical translation requires sufficient tumor boron delivery while minimizing nonspecific accumulation. Methods Thermal sensitive liposomes (TSLs) were designed to have a stable drug payload at physiological temperatures but engineered to have high permeability under mild hyperthermia. Results We found that TSLs improved the tumor-specific delivery of boronophenylalanine (BPA) and boronated 2-nitroimidazole derivative B-381 in D54 glioma cells. Uniquely, the 2-nitroimidazole moiety extended the tumor retention of boron content compared to BPA. Conclusion This is the first study to show the delivery of boronated compounds using TSLs for BNCT, and these results will provide the basis of future clinical trials using TSLs for BNCT.
      PubDate: 2019-08-07
  • Octreotide Nanoparticles Showed Affinity for In Vivo MIA Paca-2 Inducted
           Pancreas Ductal Adenocarcinoma Mimicking Pancreatic Polypeptide-Secreting
           Tumor of the Distal Pancreas (PPoma)
    • Abstract: Purpose Pancreatic Polypeptide-secreting tumor of the distal pancreas (PPoma) is a rare, difficult and indolent type of cancer with a survival rate of 5-year in only 10% of all cases. The PPoma is classified as a neuroendocrine tumor (NET) not functioning that overexpresses SSTR 2 (somatostatin receptor subtype 2). Thus, in order to improve the diagnosis of this type of tumor, we developed nanoparticulate drug carriers based on poly-lactic acid (PLA) polymer loaded with octreotide and radiolabeled with Technetium-99 m (99mTc). Methods PLA/PVA octreotide nanoparticles were developed by double-emulsion technique. These nanoparticles were characterized by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) and radiolabeled with 99mTc by the direct via forming 99mTc-PLA/PVA octreotide nanoparticles. The safety of these nanosystems was evaluated by the MTT cell toxicity assay and their in vivo biodistribution was evaluated in xenografted inducted animals. Results The results showed that a 189 nm sized nanoparticle were formed with a PDI of 0,097, corroborating the monodispersive behavior. These nanoparticles were successfully radiolabeled with 99mTc showing uptake by the inducted tumor. The MTT assay corroborated the safety of the nanosystem for the cells. Conclusion The results support the use of this nanosystem (99mTc-PLA/PVA octreotide nanoparticles) as imaging agent for PPoma. Graphical Polypeptide-Secreting Tumor of the Distal Pancreas (PPoma) Radiolabeled Nanoparticles for Imaging
      PubDate: 2019-08-05
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