Controlled SLN Delivery by ThermoresponsiveIn-situ Forming Erodible Gels; A Whole-body and Organ Imaging Study
Method: In order to solve this problem for solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) and prolong their action, SLNs were incorporated into thermo-responsive Poloxamer sol-gels and their fate was investigated in-vivo and in-vitro using a near infrared lipophilic fluorescent dye; dialkylcarbocyanin . Leakage test, release of intact SLNs from sol-gel and SLN size and zeta potential were investigated. Biodistribution of DiR formulations (solution, free SLN and SLN-Gel) was investigated by whole-body and ex-vivo organ imaging after intraperitoneal injection in mice. SLN showed particle size of about 165 nm and a negative zeta potential of about -36 mV.
Results: Leakage studies indicated that fluorescent probe does not release from SLNs. Imaging results revealed a steady profile for SLN-Gel over time, while the fluorescence intensity of solution and free SLN showed a burst followed by rapid clearance. Results also showed that SLN release occurs after gel erosion and follows a zero order profile.
Conclusion: Our results indicate that NP-incorporated gel can be used to control the release of SLNs from application site and prolong their action in a sustained manner.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 2018
This article was made available online on February 19, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Controlled SLN Delivery by Thermoresponsive In-situ Forming Erodible Gels; A Whole-body and Organ Imaging Study".
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