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An optimized nanoparticle delivery system based on chitosan and chondroitin sulfate molecules reduces the toxicity of amphotericin B and is effective in treating tegumentary leishmaniasis

Authors Ribeiro T, Ribeiro J, Fuscaldi L, Santos M, Duarte M, Lage P, Martins V, Costa L, Fernandes S, Cardoso V, Castilho R, Soto M, Tavares CA, Faraco A, Coelho E, Chávez-Fumagalli MA

Received 7 June 2014

Accepted for publication 26 July 2014

Published 19 November 2014 Volume 2014:9(1) Pages 5341—5353


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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Thomas J. Webster

Tatiana G Ribeiro,1 Juçara R Franca,1 Leonardo L Fuscaldi,1 Mara L Santos,2 Mariana C Duarte,3 Paula S Lage,3 Vivian T Martins,4 Lourena E Costa,3 Simone OA Fernandes,1,5 Valbert N Cardoso,1,5 Rachel O Castilho,1,6 Manuel Soto,7 Carlos AP Tavares,4 André AG Faraco,1,6 Eduardo AF Coelho,3,8,* Miguel A Chávez-Fumagalli3,*

1Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Farmacêuticas, Faculdade de Farmácia, 2Departamento de Morfologia, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, 3Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências da Saúde: Infectologia e Medicina Tropical, Faculdade de Medicina, 4Departamento de Bioquímica e Imunologia, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, 5Departamento de Análises Clínicas e Toxicológicas, 6Departamento de Produtos Farmacêuticos, Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil; 7Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa (CSIC-UAM), Departamento de Biología Molecular, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain; 8Departamento de Patologia Clínica, COLTEC, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: Amphotericin B (AmpB) is active against leishmaniasis, but its use is hampered due to its high toxicity observed in patients. In this study, a nanoparticles-delivery system for AmpB (NQC-AmpB), containing chitosan and chondroitin sulfate molecules, was evaluated in BALB/c mice against Leishmania amazonensis. An in vivo biodistribution study, including biochemical and toxicological evaluations, was performed to evaluate the toxicity of AmpB. Nanoparticles were radiolabeled with technetium-99m and injected in mice. The products presented a similar biodistribution in the liver, spleen, and kidneys of the animals. Free AmpB induced alterations in the body weight of the mice, which, in the biochemical analysis, indicated hepatic and renal injury, as well as morphological damage to the kidneys of the animals. In general, no significant organic alteration was observed in the animals treated with NQC-AmpB. Mice were infected with L. amazonensis and treated with the nanoparticles or free AmpB; then, parasitological and immunological analyses were performed. The NQC-AmpB group, as compared to the control groups, presented significant reductions in the lesion size and in the parasite burden in all evaluated organs. These animals presented significantly higher levels of IFN-γ and IL-12, and low levels of IL-4 and IL-10, when compared to the control groups. The NQC-AmpB system was effective in reducing the infection in the animals, and proved to be effective in diminishing the toxicity evoked by AmpB, which was observed when it was administered alone. In conclusion, NQC-AmpB could be considered a viable possibility for future studies in the treatment of leishmaniasis.

Keywords: in vivo treatment, Leishmania amazonensis, nanoparticles, chitosan, chondroitin sulfate

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