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Improved Oral Delivery of Paclitaxel Following Administration in Nanoemulsion Formulations

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Nanoemulsion formulations were designed for enhancing the oral bioavailability of hydrophobic drugs. Paclitaxel was selected as a model hydrophobic drug, which is also a substrate for the P-glycoprotein efflux system. The oil-in-water (o/w) nanoemulsions were formulated with pine nut oil as the internal oil phase, egg lecithin as the primary emulsifier, and water as the external phase. Stearylamine and deoxycholic acid were used to impart positive and negative charge to the emulsions, respectively. Nanoemulsions were prepared by sonication method and characterized for particle size and surface charge. The control and nanoemulsion formulations with tritiated [3H]-paclitaxel were administered orally to female C57BL/6 mice and the distribution of the drug was examined. The formulated nanoemulsions had a particle size range of ∼90–120 nm (laser diffraction method)and zeta potential values ranging from −56 mV to +34 mV. Following oral administration, a significantly higher concentration of paclitaxel was observed in the systemic circulation when administered in the nanoemulsion relative to control aqueous solution. The absorbed drug was found to be distributed in the liver, kidneys, and lungs. The results of this study suggest that nanoemulsions are promising novel formulations that can enhance the oral bioavailability of hydrophobic drugs, like paclitaxel.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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