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Oral delivery of a nanocrystal formulation of schisantherin a with improved bioavailability and brain delivery for the treatment of Parkinson's disease
Tongkai Chen2; Chuwen Li2; Ye Li2; Xiang Yi1; Simon Ming-Yuen Lee2; Ying Zheng2
2016-11-07
Source PublicationMolecular Pharmaceutics
ISSN15438392 15438384
Volume13Issue:11Pages:3864-3875
Abstract

Schisantherin A (SA) is a promising anti-Parkinsonism Chinese herbal medicine but with poor water solubility and challenges to be delivered to the brain. We formulated SA as nanocrystals (SA-NC), aiming to improve its solubility and pharmacokinetic profile and thus provide a potential therapeutic agent for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). The rod-shaped SA-NC had a particle size of ∼160 nm with 33.3% drug loading, and the nanocrystals exhibited a fast dissolution rate in vitro. The intact drug nanocrystals could be internalized into Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells, which were followed by rapid intracellular release, and most of the drug was transported to the basolateral side in its soluble form. Following oral administration of the SA-NC or an SA suspension, the accumulated concentration of the SA-NC in the plasma and brain was considerably higher than that observed for the SA suspension, but the drug targeting efficiency was similar. The SA-NC significantly reversed the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced dopaminergic (DA) neuronal loss and locomotion deficiency in zebrafish, as well as the 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP)-induced damage of neuronal cell culture model. Further Western blot analysis demonstrated that the stronger neuroprotective effect of SA-NC may be partially mediated by the activation of the protein kinase B (Akt)/glycogen synthase kinase-3β (Gsk3β) pathway. Taken together, these data provide solid evidence that the nanocrystal formulation has the potential to improve the bioavailability and brain concentration of this Biopharmaceutics Classification System (BCS) class II compound, SA, for the treatment of PD.

KeywordBrain Delivery Dissolution Nanocrystals Oral Bioavailability Parkinson's Disease (Pd)
DOI10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.6b00644
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Indexed BySCI
WOS Research AreaResearch & Experimental Medicine ; Pharmacology & Pharmacy
WOS SubjectMedicine, Research & Experimental ; Pharmacology & Pharmacy
WOS IDWOS:000387428300026
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionInstitute of Chinese Medical Sciences
Corresponding AuthorYing Zheng
Affiliation1.Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599, United States
2.State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, University of Macau, Macau, China
First Author AffilicationInstitute of Chinese Medical Sciences
Corresponding Author AffilicationInstitute of Chinese Medical Sciences
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Tongkai Chen,Chuwen Li,Ye Li,et al. Oral delivery of a nanocrystal formulation of schisantherin a with improved bioavailability and brain delivery for the treatment of Parkinson's disease[J]. Molecular Pharmaceutics,2016,13(11):3864-3875.
APA Tongkai Chen,Chuwen Li,Ye Li,Xiang Yi,Simon Ming-Yuen Lee,&Ying Zheng.(2016).Oral delivery of a nanocrystal formulation of schisantherin a with improved bioavailability and brain delivery for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.Molecular Pharmaceutics,13(11),3864-3875.
MLA Tongkai Chen,et al."Oral delivery of a nanocrystal formulation of schisantherin a with improved bioavailability and brain delivery for the treatment of Parkinson's disease".Molecular Pharmaceutics 13.11(2016):3864-3875.
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