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See detailThe experimental design as practical approach to develop and optimize a formulation of peptide-loaded liposomes
Ducat, Emilie ULg; Brion, Michael; Lecomte, Frédéric ULg et al

in AAPS PharmSciTech (2010), 11(2), 966-975

To investigate the encapsulation of Print 3G, a peptidic agent that could reduce the angiogenic development of breast tumors, pegylated liposomes used as intravenous vectors were studied and characterized ... [more ▼]

To investigate the encapsulation of Print 3G, a peptidic agent that could reduce the angiogenic development of breast tumors, pegylated liposomes used as intravenous vectors were studied and characterized. Recently, the path of liposomes has been explored with success to improve the pharmacological properties of peptidic drugs and to stabilize them. In this study, loaded unilamellar vesicles composed of SPC:CHOL:mPEG2000-DSPE (47:47:6) were prepared by the hydration of lipid film technique. An HPLC method was developed and validated for the determination of Print 3G to calculate its encapsulation efficiency. Observed Print 3G adsorption on different materials employed during liposome preparation (such as glass beads, tubing, and connections for extrusion) led to the modification of the manufacturing method. The freeze-thawing technique was used to enhance the amount of Print 3G encapsulated into blank liposomes prepared using the hydration of lipid film procedure. Many factors may influence peptide entrapment, namely the number of freeze-thawing cycles, the lipid concentration, the peptide concentration, and the mixing time. Consequently, a design of experiments was performed to obtain the best encapsulation efficiency while minimizing the number of experiments. The lipid concentration and the number of freeze-thawing cycles were identified as the positive factors influencing the encapsulation. As a result of the optimization, an optimum was found and encapsulation efficiencies were improved from around 30% to 63%. Liposome integrity was evaluated by photon correlation spectroscopy and freeze-fracture electron microscopy to ensure that the selected formulation possesses the required properties to be a potential candidate for further in vitro and in vivo experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation and in vivo toxicity study of solid lipid microparticles as carrier for pulmonary administration
Sanna, V.; Kirschvink, Nathalie; Gustin, Pascal ULg et al

in AAPS PharmScitech (2004), 5(2), 27

The purpose of this research was to investigate the effects of processing conditions on the characteristics of solid lipid microparticles (SLM) with a potential application as carriers for pulmonary ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this research was to investigate the effects of processing conditions on the characteristics of solid lipid microparticles (SLM) with a potential application as carriers for pulmonary administration. Compritol ( 5.0% wt/ wt) SLM dispersions were prepared by rotor-stator homogenization, at different surfactant concentrations and emulsification times. The SLM were characterized, in terms of morphology and size, after lyophilization and sterilization by autoclaving process. In vivo assessment was carried out in rats by intratracheal instillation of either placebo or SLM dispersion, and by bronchoalveolar lavage for cytological analysis. Mean particle size of 4 to 5 mum was achieved using 0.3% and 0.4% ( wt/ wt) of emulsifier ( Poloxamer 188) and emulsification times of 2 and 5 minutes. The particles showed spherical shape and smooth surface. The morphology of microparticles, the size, and the size distribution were not substantially modified after lyophilization and sterilization. Total cell counts showed no significant differences between placebo and SLM 0.5% or 2.5% groups. Regarding cytology, percentage of polymorphonuclear neutrophils and macrophages did not significantly differ between groups. These results suggest that a single intratracheal administration of the SLMs does not induce a significant inflammatory airway response in rats and that the SLMs might be a potential carrier for encapsulated drug via the pulmonary route. [less ▲]

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