Back to Journals » International Journal of Nanomedicine » Volume 15

Development of Rifapentine-Loaded PLGA-Based Nanoparticles: In vitro Characterisation and in vivo Study in Mice

Authors Liang Q, Xiang H, Li X, Luo C, Ma X, Zhao W, Chen J, Tian Z, Li X, Song X

Received 10 April 2020

Accepted for publication 26 August 2020

Published 6 October 2020 Volume 2020:15 Pages 7491—7507


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Mian Wang

Qiuzhen Liang1 ,* Haibin Xiang1 ,* Xinyu Li,2 Chunxia Luo,2 Xuehong Ma,2 Wenhui Zhao,2 Jiangtao Chen,1 Zheng Tian,1 Xinxia Li,2 Xinghua Song3,4

1Department of Orthopaedics, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University, Urumqi 830054, People’s Republic of China; 2School of Pharmacy, Xinjiang Medical University, Urumqi 830011, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Orthopaedic, The First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province 510630, People’s Republic of China; 4Department of Orthopaedic, The Affiliated Shunde Hospital of Jinan University, Foshan, Guangdong Province 528303, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence: Xinghua Song
Department of Orthopaedic, The First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province 510630, People’s Republic of China
Xinxia Li
School of Pharmacy, Xinjiang Medical University, No. 393, Xinyi Road, Urumqi 830011, People’s Republic of China

Background: Tuberculosis (TB) is a leading cause of death amongst infectious diseases. The poor response to antitubercular agents necessitates the long-term use of high drug doses, resulting in low patient compliance, which is the main reason for chemotherapy failure and contributes to the development of multidrug-resistant TB. Patient non-compliance has been a major obstacle in the successful management of TB. The aim of this work was to develop and characterise rifapentine (RPT)-loaded PLGA-based nanoparticles (NPs) for reducing dosing frequency.
Methods: RPT-loaded PLGA and PLGA–PEG NPs were prepared using premix membrane homogenisation combined with solvent evaporation method. The resulting NPs were characterised in terms of physicochemical characteristics, toxicity, cellular uptake and antitubercular activity. NPs were further evaluated for pharmacokinetic and biodistribution studies in mice.
Results: The resulting NPs showed suitable and safe physicochemical characteristics and could be taken up by macrophages. RPT-loaded NPs were more effective against Mycobacterium tuberculosis than free RPT. In vivo studies revealed that NPs could improve pharmacokinetic parameters, particularly for RPT/PLGA–PEG NPs. Moreover, both formulations had no toxicity to the organs of mice and could reduce hepatotoxicity.
Conclusion: The application of PLGA-based NPs as sustained-release delivery vehicles for RPT could prolong drug release, modify pharmacokinetics, increase antitubercular activity and diminish toxicity, thereby allowing low dosage and frequency.

Keywords: tuberculosis, rifapentine, drug delivery system, nanoparticles

Creative Commons License This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.

Download Article [PDF]  View Full Text [HTML][Machine readable]