Preliminary study of the effect of FK506 nanospheric-suspension eye drops on rejection of penetrating keratoplasty.
ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a topical FK506 nanospheric suspension in a rat model of penetrating keratoplasty.
FK506 nanospheres were prepared by using a biodegradable poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) copolymer (PLGA). Its distribution in the eye and blood after a single instillation was examined in rabbits. Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats received corneal heterografts and were topically treated with phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), PLGA, FK-506 0.01% (nanospheres), or dexamethasone 0.05% solutions twice a day for 28 days. Rejection index and graft-survival time were recorded and compared between the four groups. Three grafts were collected at different time points for immunohistochemical studies.
In the cornea, the FK-506 concentration reached its peak within 1 h of a single eye-drop instillation and then decreased by half (1667.85 +/- 611.87 ng/g) at 8 h. FK-506 cannot be detected in rabbit blood. There were significant differences in the graft-survival time between the FK-506 nanosphere group (15.09 +/- 4.81 days) and the other three groups [PBS (7.90 +/- 1.20, t = -4.594, P < 0.001), PLGA (8.44 +/- 0.88, t = - 4.074, P = 0.001) and dexamethasone (10.44 +/- 1.42, t = -2.790, P = 0.012)]. The rejected corneas in the FK506 nanosphere group showed significantly fewer CD4, CD8, CD68, CD79, vascular endothelial growth factor, ICAM, and tumor growth factor-beta(1)-positive cells than those in the other groups.
FK506 0.01% nanospheric-suspension eye drops delayed the occurrence of corneal allograft rejection and prolonged allograft survival time. The FK506 nanospheres may be valuable in suppressing corneal graft rejection.
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ABSTRACT: To investigate the efficacy and mechanism of tacrolimus(FK506), which is a novel macrolide immunosuppressant, in inhibiting triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (TREM-1) expression in a murine keratitis model induced by Aspergillus fumigatus. TREM-1 was detected in 11 fungus-infected human corneas by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR). RAW264.7 macrophages were divided into four groups, which received treatment with zymosan (100 µg/ml), zymosan (100 µg/ml) + mTREM-1/Fc protein (1 µg/ml), or zymosan (100 µg/ml) + FK506 (20 µM) or negative-control treatment. After this treatment, the expression of TREM-1, interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) was assayed using qRT-PCR and ELISA. The mouse model of fungal keratitis was created by intrastromal injection with Aspergillus fumigatus, and the mice were divided into 2 groups: group A received vehicle eye drops 4 times each day, and group B received 4 doses of FK506 eye drops each day. Corneal damage was evaluated by clinical scoring and histologic examination,and myeloperoxidase (MPO) protein levels were also detected by ELISA. The expression of TREM-1, IL-1β and TNFα was then determined at different time points using qRT-PCR and ELISA. TREM-1 expression dramatically increased in the human corneas with fungal keratitis. In contrast, FK506 reduced the expression of TREM-1, IL-1β and TNFα in RAW264.7 macrophages stimulated with zymosan. In the mouse model, at day 1 post-infection, the corneal score of the FK506-treated group was lower than that of the control, and polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN) infiltration was diminished. TREM-1, IL-1β and TNFα expression was significantly reduced at the same time point. However, the statistically significant differences in cytokine expression, clinical scores and infiltration disappeared at 5 days post-infection. FK506 may inhibit the inflammation induced by fungi and alleviate the severity of corneal damage at an early stage of fungal keratitis by downregulating TREM-1 expression.PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(12):e114386. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or dry eye, is a common ocular disease prompting millions of individuals to seek ophthalmological care. Regardless of the underlying etiology, dry eye has been shown to be associated with abnormalities in the pre-corneal tear film and subsequent inflammatory changes in the entire ocular surface including the adnexa, conjunctiva and cornea. Since the recognition of the role of inflammation in dry eye, a number of novel treatments have been investigated designed to inhibit various inflammatory pathways. Current medications that are used, including cyclosporine A, corticosteroids, tacrolimus, tetracycline derivatives and autologous serum, have been effective for management of dry eye and lead to measurable clinical improvement.Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research 04/2014; 9(2):240-50.
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ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to develop proniosome-derived niosomes for topical ophthalmic delivery of Tacrolimus (FK506). The FK506 loaded proniosomes containing poloxamer 188 and lecithin as surfactants, cholesterol as a stabilizer, and minimal amount of ethanol and trace water reconstituted to niosomes prior to use. The stability of FK506 loaded proniosomes was assessed, and the morphology, size, zeta potential, surface tension, and entrapment efficiency of the derived niosomes were characterized, indicating they were feasible for instillation in the eyes. The in vitro permeation of FK506 through the freshly excised rabbit cornea, the cumulative permeation amount of FK506 from niosomes, and the drug retention in the cornea all exhibited significant increase as compared to 0.1% FK506 commercial ointments. The in vivo ocular irritation test of 0.1% FK506 loaded niosomes instilled 4 times per day in rat eyes for 21 consecutive days showed no irritation and good biocompatibility with cornea. The in vivo anti-allograft rejection assessment was performed in a Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat corneal xenotransplantation model. The results showed treatment with 0.1% FK506 loaded niosomes delayed the occurrence of corneal allograft rejection and significantly prolonged the median survival time of corneal allografts to13.86 ± 0.80 days as compared with those treated with 1% Cyclosporine (CsA) eye drops, drug-free niosomes, or untreated. In conclusion, the proniosome-derived niosomes may be a promising vehicle for effective ocular drug delivery of FK506.European journal of pharmaceutical sciences: official journal of the European Federation for Pharmaceutical Sciences 06/2014; · 2.61 Impact Factor