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Design and statistical modeling of mannose-decorated dapsone-containing nanoparticles as a strategy of targeting intestinal M-cells

Authors Vieira A, Chaves L, Pinheiro M, Ferreira D, Sarmento B, Reis S

Received 23 January 2016

Accepted for publication 19 March 2016

Published 3 June 2016 Volume 2016:11 Pages 2601—2617


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Thomas Webster

Alexandre CC Vieira,1,* Luíse L Chaves,1,* Marina Pinheiro,1 Domingos Ferreira,2 Bruno Sarmento,3–5 Salette Reis1

1UCIBIO, REQUIMTE, Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, 2Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology, Department of Drug Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, 3I3S, Institute for Research and Innovation in Health, 4INEB – Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Porto, Porto, 5CESPU, Institute of Research and Advanced Formation in Health Sciences and Technology, University Institute of Health Sciences, Gandra, Portugal

*These authors contributed equally to this work

The aim of the present work was to develop and optimize surface-functionalized solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) for improvement of the therapeutic index of dapsone (DAP), with the application of a design of experiments. The formulation was designed to target intestinal microfold (M-cells) as a strategy to increase internalization of the drug by the infected macrophages. DAP-loaded SLNs and mannosylated SLNs (M-SLNs) were successfully developed by hot ultrasonication method employing a three-level, three-factor Box–Behnken design, after the preformulation study was carried out with different lipids. All the formulations were systematically characterized regarding their diameter, polydispersity index (PDI), zeta potential (ZP), entrapment efficiency, and loading capacity. They were also subjected to morphological studies using transmission electron microscopy, in vitro release study, infrared analysis (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), calorimetry studies (differential scanning calorimetry), and stability studies. The diameter of SLNs, SLN-DAP, M-SLNs, and M-SLN-DAP was approximately 300 nm and the obtained PDI was <0.2, confirming uniform populations. Entrapment efficiency and loading capacity were approximately 50% and 12%, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy showed spherical shape and nonaggregated nanoparticles. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to confirm the success of mannose coating process though Schiff’s base formation. The variation of the ZP between uncoated (approximately –30 mV) and mannosylated formulations (approximately +60 mV) also confirmed the successful coating process. A decrease in the enthalpy and broadening of the lipid melting peaks of the differential scanning calorimetry thermograms are consistent with the nanostructure of the SLNs. Moreover, the drug release was pH-sensitive, with a faster drug release at acidic pH than at neutral pH. Storage stability for the formulations for at least 8 weeks is expected, since they maintain the original characteristics of diameter, PDI, and ZP. These results pose a strong argument that the developed formulations can be explored as a promising carrier for treating leprosy with an innovative approach to target DAP directly to M-cells.

Keywords: Box–Behnken design, leprosy, drug delivery, targeting, oral route, solid lipid nanoparticle

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