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Improving Oral Absorption of Samon Calcitonin by Trimyristin Lipid Nanoparticles

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Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) composed of trimyristin (solid lipid) and poloxamer 407 (surfactant) were prepared by a w/o/w emulsion technique for the incorporation of Salmon calcitonin, and further explored as protein carriers for oral delivery. Trimyristin SLN showed a mean size diameter of 200 nm with an association efficiency for calcitonin of approx. 86%. The morphology of SLN was investigated by cryo-SEM and by AFM, revealing spheroid shape SLN with a smooth surface. The in vitro release of calcitonin occurred for a period of 8 h, under both gastric and intestinal simulated pH conditions, predicting suitable properties for oral administration. The pharmacological activity of the protein was evaluated following oral dosage of calcitonin-loaded SLN in rats. SLN lowered the basal blood calcium levels by up to 20% with 500 IU/kg dose sustaining hypocalcaemia over 8 h. The results indicate that incorporation of Salmon calcitonin into trimyristin SLN is a key factor for the improvement of the efficiency of such carriers for oral delivery of proteins.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-02-01

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