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Braz. j. pharm. sci ; 51(3): 745-753, July-Sept. 2015. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-766324


The present study was planned to investigate the influence of polyethylene glycols (PEGs) on the activity and expression of P-glycoprotein (P-gp). Sub-toxic concentrations of PEGs in Caco-2 cells were determined using the MTT test assay. Then the measurement of Rhodamine-123 (Rho-123) uptake, a P-gp fluorescence substrate, in Caco-2 cells confronting PEG 400 (1% and 2% w/v), PEG 4000 (2% and 4% w/v), PEG 6000 (2% and 4% w/v), PEG 10000 (2% and 4% w/v), PEG 15000 (1% and 2% w/v), and PEG 35000 (2% and 4% w/v) overnight was taken to elucidate whether non-toxic concentrations of PEGs are able to impact P-gp activity. Furthermore, western blotting was carried out to investigate P-gp protein expression. The results showed that PEG 400 at concentrations of 1% (w/v) and 2% (w/v) and PEG 6000 at the concentration of 4% (w/v) are notably capable of blocking P-gp. Based on the obtained results it is concluded that the mentioned excipients could be used to obstruct P-gp efflux transporter in order to increase the bioavailability of co-administered substrate drug.

O presente estudo foi planejado para investigar a influência de polietileno glicóis sobre a atividade e expressão da P- glicoproteína (P-gp) . Concentrações sub-tóxicas de PGPs e em células Caco-2 foram determinadas por meio do ensaio de MTT. Em seguida, efetuou-se a a medida de captura de Rodamina-123 (Rho-123), um substrato fluorescente de P-gp, em células Caco-2, confrontando com PEG 400 (1% e 2% m/v), PEG 4000 (2% e 4% m/v) e PEG 6000 (2% e 4% m /v), PEG 10000 (2% e 4% w/v), PEG 15000 (1% e 2% m/v), e PEG 35000 (2% e 4% m/v). Essa medida foi efetuada durante a noite, para saber se as concentrações não tóxicas de excipientes são capazes de influenciar a actividade da P-gp. Além disso, realizou-se o western blotting para investigar a expressão da proteína P-gp. Os resultados mostraram que o PEG 400, nas concentrações de 1% (m/v) e 2% (m/v), e PEG 6000, na concentração de 4% (m/v) são capazes de bloquear P-gp. Com base nos resultados conclui-se que os excipientes mencionados poderiam ser utilizados para obstruir o efluxo por P-gp, a fim de aumentar a biodisponibilidade de do fármaco co-administrado.

Caco-2 Cells , ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily B, Member 1/analysis , Polyethylene Glycols/analysis , Biological Availability , Excipients/classification , Rhodamine 123
Braz. j. pharm. sci ; 50(1): 121-129, Jan-Mar/2014. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-709531


The main objective of the present study was to determine the permeability of clarithromycin (CLA)-PLGA nanoparticles using single-pass intestinal perfusion technique in rats. Clarithromycin nanoparticles were prepared by nano-precipitation according to the modified quasi emulsion solvent diffusion technique and evaluated for their physicochemical characteristics. Permeability coefficients (Peff) in anaesthetized rats were determined at 3 different concentrations. Drug solution or suspensions in PBS was perfused through a cannulated jejunal segment and samples were taken from outlet tubing at different time points up to 90 min. Microbiological assay of CLA and phenol red in the samples were analyzed using an agar well diffusion procedure and HPLC method respectively. The average particle size of prepared nanoparticles was 305 ± 134 nm. The mean Peff of CLA solution in concentrations of 150, 250 and 400 µg/mL was found to be 1.20 (±0.32) ×10-3, 9.62 (±0.46) ×10-4, and 1.36 (±0.95) ×10-3 cm/sec, respectively. The corresponding values for the same concentration of nanoparticles were found to be 2.74 (±0.73) ×10-3, 2.45 (±0.88) ×10-3, and 3.68 (±0.46) ×10-3 cm/s, respectively. The two-tailed Student’s t-test showed that the intestinal permeability of CLA nanoparticle suspensions in prepared concentrations were significantly increased in comparison with its solution.

O objetivo principal do presente estudo foi determinar a permeabilidade de nanopartículas de claritromicina (CLA)-PLGA, utilizando a técnica de perfusão intestinal de passo único em ratos. As nanopartículas de claritromicina foram preparadas por nanoprecipitação, de acordo com a técnica modificada de difusão de solvente quase-emulsão, e suas características físico-químicas avaliadas. Os coeficientes de permeabilidade (Peff) em ratos anestesiados foram determinados em três concentrações diferentes. A solução, ou suspensões, do fármaco em PBS foi perfundida através do segmento de jejuno canulado e as amostras foram tomadas do tubo externo em diferentes tempos até 90 minutos. Os ensaios microbiológico de CLA e de vermelho de fenol das amostras foram realizados, utilizando-se o procedimento de difusão em poço de ágar e de CLAE, respectivamente. O tamanho médio das partículas das nanopartículas preparadas foi de 305 ± 134 nm. O Peff médio da solução de CLA em concentrações de 150, 250 and 400 µg/mL foi de 1.20(±0.32)×10-3, 9.62(±0.46)]×10-4 e de 1.36(±0.95)×10-3 cm/s, respectivamente. O valor correspondente para a mesma concentração de nanopartículas foi de 2.74 (±0.73)×10-3, 2.45(±0.88)×10-3 e de 3.68 (±0.46)×10-3 cm/s, respectivamente. O teste t de Student com duas variáveis mostrou que a permeabilidade intestinal das suspensões de nanopartículas de CLA nas concentrações preparadas foram significativamente aumentadas em comparação com sua solução.

Animals , Rats , Clarithromycin/pharmacokinetics , Nanoparticles/analysis , Perfusion/methods
Article in English | IMSEAR | ID: sea-151367


Bioequivalence studies are the commonly accepted methods displaying therapeutic equivalence between two products .This study was conducted to evaluate the bioequivalence between different formulations of metformin 500 mg and 1000 mg tablets which were marketed in Iran, and innovator brand. Considering that only in vitro bioequivalence studies can predict the in vivo bioequivalence, and to save time and cost, three essential in vitro tests including assay, weight variation and a comparative in vitro dissolution study were performed. In order to compare formulations, dissolution profiles were taken and compared through two model independent methods, difference factor (f1) and similarity factor (f2). All the tested brands released more than 80% drug in 30 minutes and contained 95-96.3% of labeled amount except b and C. The acceptance value in all cases were below 15. Therefore it is evident that test products except brand C were bioequivalent to the reference product, and could be used as a generic substitute for the innovator product. Results emphasize to need for post marketing investigation for new formulations.