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New formulation of an old drug in hypertension treatment: the sustained release of captopril from cyclodextrin nanoparticles

Authors De Azevedo, Ljubica T, Fattori, Rodrigues, Cantos, Pereira, de Paula V, Ianzer, Santos

Published 15 May 2011 Volume 2011:6 Pages 1005—1016


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Mariangela de Burgos M de Azevedo1, Ljubica Tasic2, Juliana Fattori2, Fábio HS Rodrigues2, Fabiana C Cantos1, Leandro P Ribeiro1, Vanice de Paula3, Danielle Ianzer3, Robson AS Santos3
Biopharmaceuticals and Hormones, Center of Biotechnology, Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, Brazil; 2Chemical Biology Laboratory, Department of Organic Chemistry, Instituto de Química (UNICAMP), Sao Paulo, Brazil; 3Hypertension Laboratory, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas (ICB), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (ICB-UFMG), Minas Gerais, Brazil

Abstract: Captopril (CAP) was the first angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor to be developed and is widely used in hypertension treatment. On the other hand, cyclodextrins (CDs) are cyclic oligosaccharides whose cone-shaped cavity allows formation of noncovalent inclusion complexes with appropriately sized guest molecules, thus modifying guest physical, chemical, and biological properties. Herein, the physicochemical characterization and in vivo ACE inhibition evaluation of seven CAP/CD complexes are reported. The inclusion complexes were prepared by spray-drying, freeze-drying, kneading, or lyophilization methods and characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and scanning electron microscopy techniques. In vivo assays compared CAP and CAP/CD complex administration (0.5 mg kg-1 or 0.09 mg kg-1, n = 4–7) to evaluate the ACE inhibition by continuous infusion of angiotensin I (30 ng 50 µL-1 min-1) in conscious Wistar rats. The physicochemical analysis demonstrated complete amorphization and complexation between CAP and CDs, indicating the substitution of water molecules inside the CD cavity with CAP. During the infusion of angiotensin I, the administration of all CAP/CD complexes induced a reduction in mean arterial pressure similar to that observed upon CAP administration. The nanoparticles obtained by the kneading method (CAP/α-CD:KM) showed a potent and long-lasting inhibitory activity (~22 hours) on the angiotensin I pressor effect. The results suggest that the inclusion complex of CAP and α-CD can function as a novel antihypertensive formulation that may improve therapeutic use of CAP by reducing its oral dose administration to once per day, thus providing better quality of life for almost 25% of the world's population who suffer from hypertension.

Keywords: captopril, cyclodextrin nanoparticles, sustained release

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