Paul A McCarron

University of Ulster, Aontroim, N Ireland, United Kingdom

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    ABSTRACT: We test the hypothesis that anesthesia, measured as pain scores, induced by a novel topical anesthetic putty is non-inferior (margin=1.3) to that provided by conventional lidocaine infiltration for the repair of lacerations. A randomized controlled trial was conducted in the emergency department (ED) of a local hospital. Participants were randomly allocated to receive either infiltration anesthesia or topical anesthetic putty as per the trial protocol. Pain scores were recorded 15 minutes after infiltration and 30 minutes after topical anesthetic putty application. Median pain scores were compared between groups. Wound evaluation scores were conducted after 7 to 10 days and adverse events were monitored for both groups of participants throughout the study. One hundred and ten participants were enrolled in the study, with 56 receiving infiltration and 54 receiving topical anesthetic putty. The median difference between the pain scores of the 2 groups was 0 (95% confidence interval -1 to 0). There were no substantial differences between the 2 groups in terms of either the wound evaluation scores or the incidence of adverse events. The novel topical anesthetic putty was not inferior to infiltration with lidocaine with respect to the pain experienced during suturing, and this putty is a feasible alternative to infiltration anesthesia of lacerations in the ED.
    Annals of emergency medicine 01/2014; · 4.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We present "one-step application" dissolving and hydrogel-forming microneedle arrays (MN) for enhanced delivery of photosensitisers/precursors. MN (280 μm) prepared from 20% w/w poly(methylvinylether/maelic acid) and crosslinked with glycerol by esterification to form hydrogels upon skin insertion, or allowed to dissolve rapidly in skin, were combined with patches containing 19 mg cm(-2) of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) or meso-tetra (N-methyl-4-pyridyl) porphine-tetra-tosylate (TMP) for drug delivery. Both MN types were mechanically-robust, with compression forces of 20.0 N only causing height reductions of 14%. Application forces as low as 8.0 N per array allowed >95% of the MN in each array type to penetrate excised porcine skin, with the MN penetrating to approximately 220 μm. MN significantly enhanced transdermal delivery of ALA and TMP in vitro, with the hydrogel-forming system comparable to the dissolving system for ALA delivery (approximately 3000 nmol cm(-2) over 6 hours), but superior for delivery of the much larger TMP molecule (approximately 14 nmol cm(-2) over 24 hours, compared to 0.15 nmol cm(-2) ). As this technology clearly has potential in enhanced photodynamic therapy of neoplastic skin lesions, we are currently planning animal studies, to be followed by preliminary human evaluations. GMP manufacturing scale-up is ongoing. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Photochemistry and Photobiology 11/2013; · 2.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: No bioadhesive patch-based system is currently marketed. This is despite an extensive number of literature reports on such systems detailing their advantages over conventional pressure sensitive adhesive-based patches in wet environments and describing successful delivery of a diverse array of drug substances. This lack of proprietary bioadhesive patches is largely due to the fact that such systems are exclusively water-based, meaning drying is difficult. In this paper we describe, for the first time, a novel multiple lamination method for production of bioadhesive patches. In contrast to patches produced using a conventional casting approach, which took 48 hours to dry, bioadhesive films prepared using the novel multiple lamination method were dried in 15 min and were folded into formed patches in a further 10 min. Patches prepared by both methods had comparable physicochemical properties. The multiple lamination method allowed supersaturation of 5-aminolevulinic acid to be achieved in formed patch matrices. However, drug release studies were unable to show an advantage for supersaturation with this particular drug, due to its water high solubility. The multiple lamination method allowed greater than 90% of incorporated nicotine to remain within formed patches, in contrast to the 48% achieved for patches prepared using a conventional casting approach. The procedure described here could readily be adapted for automation by industry. Due to the reduced time, energy and ensuing finance now required, this could lead to bioadhesive patch-based drug delivery systems becoming commercially viable. This would, in turn, mean that pathological conditions occurring in wet or moist areas of the body could now be routinely treated by prolonged site-specific drug delivery, as mediated by a commercially produced bioadhesive patch.
    Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy 11/2012; · 1.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In search of strategies to develop deeply penetrating agents for use in Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), we have devised a Quantum Dot-Rose Bengal conjugate that is effective at producing singlet oxygen upon two-photon irradiation. The CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dot, with its high two photon absorption cross section, serves as a two-photon absorbing antenna and transfers its excited state energy to the attached photosensitiser which engages with molecular oxygen to produce cytotoxic singlet oxygen. Thus, we were able to excite the photosensitiser indirectly, which has an absorption maximum of 565 nm, with two-photon irradiation at 800 nm. Given the tissue penetration depth of 800 nm light is at least four times greater than 565 nm light, this offers the opportunity to access much deeper-seated tumours than is currently possible with pharmaceutically approved photosensitisers. Furthermore, the attachment of the photosensitiser to the hydrophilic quantum dot improved the aqueous solubility of the photosensitiser by 48
    Journal of Materials Chemistry 03/2012; 22(13):6456-6462. · 5.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A combination of light and ultrasound activation of two conventional photosensitising drugs, methylene blue and rose bengal, was shown to generate higher levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and lower LD50 values than either light or ultrasound activation alone.
    Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters 08/2011; 21(19):5750-2. · 2.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to assess a novel semisolid material as a potential topical drug delivery system for acute laceration. The objectives were to correlate physical characterization data using rheologic studies and to compare with clinical assessment of performance in an emergency department (ED). Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogels, cross-linked using tetrahydroxyborate (THB), were characterized using texture profile analysis. Formulation samples were applied to acute lacerations presented to the ED and factors, such as in vivo residency time and cohesive removal, were assessed. Viscosity was shown to be related to mechanical characteristics, whereas adhesiveness depended on the THB concentration. Residence in, and clean removal from, lacerations was evaluated on 29 patients. Formulation F3 (10.0% PVA, 2.5% w/w THB) displayed the most appropriate characteristics for clinical use by scoring highest in qualitative assessments. Other formulations exhibited difficulties in application and removal due to excessive adhesiveness. The release of a model local anesthetic drug was proportional to the concentration of drug incorporated, but was not substantially affected by small changes in the formulation constituents. Using a combination of pharmaceutical evaluation and clinical assessment, it was shown that cross-linked PVA semisolids are a suitable formulation for drug administration to acute lacerations, with potential for induction of anesthesia prior to wound repair.
    Academic Emergency Medicine 04/2011; 18(4):333-9. · 1.76 Impact Factor
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    Francois Fay, Christopher J. Scott, Paul A. McCarron
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    ABSTRACT: Research into the targeting of drug substances to a specific disease site has enjoyed sustained activity for many decades. The reason for such fervent activity is the considerable clinical advantages that can be gained when the delivery system plays a pivotal role in determining where the drug is deposited. When compared to conventional formulations where no such control exists, such as parenteral and oral systems, the sophisticated targeting device can reduce side effects and limit collateral damage to surrounding normal tissue. No more so is this important than in the area of oncology when dose-limiting side effects are often encountered as an ever present difficulty. In this review, the types of colloidal carrier commonly used in targeted drug delivery are discussed, such as gold and polymeric colloids. In particular, the process of attaching targeting capabilities is considered, with reference to antibody technologies used as the targeting motifs. Nanotechnology has brought together a means to carry both a drug and targeting ligand in self-contained constructs and their applications to both clinical therapy and diagnosis are discussed.
    Current Nanoscience 11/2010; 6(6):560-570. · 1.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In photodynamic therapy (PDT) a combination of visible light and a sensitising drug causes the destruction of selected cells. Aminolaevulinic acid (ALA) has been widely used in topical PDT for over 15 years. However, ALA does not possess favourable physicochemical properties for skin penetration. Consequently, the clearance rates for difficult to treat lesions, such as nodular basal cell carcinomas are relatively low. For the first time, equimolar concentrations of ALA, methyl-ALA (m-ALA) and hexyl-ALA (h-ALA) have been incorporated into a bioadhesive patch-based system. In vitro penetration studies into excised porcine skin revealed that ALA patches containing relatively high loadings (226.7 micromol cm(-2)) were associated with significantly greater tissue concentrations (70.7 micromol cm(-3)) than patches containing m-ALA (16.3 micromol cm(-3)) or h-ALA (17.4 micromol cm(-3)). ALA was also found to be the most efficient inducer of protoporphyrin (PpIX) fluorescence in mice, in vivo (maximum mean fluorescence: ALA=236.2 a.u., m-ALA=175.1 a.u., h-ALA=193.5 a.u.). However, when the lipophilic hexylester was formulated in a pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) patch, significantly higher PpIX levels were achieved compared to all bioadhesive systems tested. Of major importance, PSA patches containing relatively low h-ALA loadings induced high PpIX levels, which were localised to the application area. This study has highlighted the importance of rational selection of both the active agent and the delivery system. Bioadhesive preparations containing ALA are ideal for delivery to moist environments; whereas h-ALA-loaded PSA systems may facilitate enhanced delivery to dry areas of skin. In addition, owing to the relatively low loadings of h-ALA required in PSA patches, the costs of clinical PDT may potentially be reduced.
    Journal of photochemistry and photobiology. B, Biology 10/2010; 101(1):59-69. · 3.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The inclusion of chemical penetration enhancers in a novel patch-based system for the delivery of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) was examined in vitro and in vivo. Poor penetration of ALA has been implicated as the primary factor for low response rates achieved with topical ALA-based photodynamic therapy of thicker neoplastic lesions, such as nodular basal cell carcinomas. Several chemical permeation enhancers (dimethylsulfoxide, Labrafac CC, Labrafac PG and Labrafil M1944CS) were incorporated into bioadhesive patches tailored to deliver 19 mg ALA/cm(2). In-vitro depth penetration studies into excised porcine skin showed that high concentrations of ALA (>9 micromol/cm(3)) could be delivered to a depth of 1.875 mm. However, inclusion of permeation enhancers did not significantly increase ALA delivery, relative to the control (P > 0.05). In-vivo studies were in strong agreement with in-vitro results, with formulations containing chemical enhancers showing no improvement in delivery compared with the control. The patches designed in this work are suited to defineable ALA delivery without the need to immobilise patients for up to 6 h, as is common with the cream-under-occlusion approach. Overall, permeation enhancers were not found to markedly enhance the topical delivery of ALA. However, chemical penetration enhancers may have a greater effect on the delivery of more lipophilic ALA prodrugs, which are thought to primarily permeate the stratum corneum via the intercellular pathway.
    The Journal of pharmacy and pharmacology. 06/2010; 62(6):685-95.
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    ABSTRACT: Aminolaevulinic acid (ALA) is known to poorly penetrate into thick lesions, such as nodular basal cell carcinomas. Short chain ALA esters, possessing increased lipophilicity relative to their hydrophilic parent, have previously been shown to be highly efficient at inducing protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) production in cell culture, at equimolar concentrations. In contrast, in vitro skin permeation and in vivo animal studies, which up to now have compared prodrugs on a % w/w basis, have failed to demonstrate such benefits. For the first time, equimolar concentrations of ALA, methyl-ALA (m-ALA) and hexyl-ALA (h-ALA) have been incorporated into an o/w cream preparation. In vitro penetration studies into excised porcine skin revealed that increased levels of h-ALA, compared to ALA and m-ALA were found in the upper skin layers, at all drug loadings studied. Topical application of the formulations to nude murine skin in vivo, revealed that creams containing h-ALA induced significantly higher levels of peak PpIX fluorescence (F(max) = 289.0) at low concentrations compared to m-ALA (F(max) = 159.2) and ALA (F(max) = 191.9). Importantly, this study indicates that when compared on an equimolar basis, h-ALA has improved skin penetration, leading to enhanced PpIX production compared to the parent drug and m-ALA.
    Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 03/2010; 99(8):3486-98. · 3.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this present work we describe a poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticle formulation for intracellular delivery of plasmid DNA. This formulation was developed to encapsulate DNA within PLGA nanoparticles that combined salting out and emulsion-evaporation processes. This process reduced the requirement for sonication which can induce degradation of the DNA. A monodispersed nanoparticle population with a mean diameter of approximately 240 nm was produced, entrapping a model plasmid DNA in both supercoiled and open circular structures. To induce endosomal escape of the nanoparticles, a superficial cationic charge was introduced using positively charged surfactants cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and dimethyldidodecylammonium bromide (DMAB), which resulted in elevated zeta potentials. As expected, both cationic coatings reduced cell viability, but at equivalent positive zeta potentials, the DMAB coated nanoparticles induced significantly less cytotoxicity than those coated with CTAB. Fluorescence and transmission electron microscopy demonstrated that the DMAB coated cationic nanoparticles were able to evade the endosomal lumen and localise in the cytosol of treated cells. Consequently, DMAB coated PLGA nanoparticles loaded with a GFP reporter plasmid exhibited significant improvements in transfection efficiencies with comparison to non-modified particles, highlighting their functional usefulness. These nanoparticles may be useful in delivery of gene therapies to targeted cells.
    Biomaterials 02/2010; 31(14):4214-22. · 8.31 Impact Factor
  • Paul A McCarron, Ahmed Moustafa Faheem
    Nanomedicine 01/2010; 5(1):3-5. · 5.26 Impact Factor
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    Rasil Al-Kassas, Ryan F Donnelly, Paul A McCarron
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    ABSTRACT: The aim was to enhance aminolevulinic acid (ALA) stability by incorporation into low-melting microparticles prepared using a spray congealing procedure and to evaluate temperature-triggered release, allowing topical bioavailability following melting at skin temperature. ALA-loaded Witepsol microparticles were prepared using a novel spray congealing technique. Entrapment efficiency was compared with conventional emulsion-based methods and modelled drug release profiles determined using a membrane separation technique. Raised receiver medium temperature was used to determine triggered release. Bioavailability and lipid-mediated enhancement of ALA penetration were determined in excised murine skin. ALA-loaded Witepsol microparticles were spherical, with a mean diameter of 20 mum. Loading and stability studies demonstrated effective encapsulation, ranging from 91% to 100%, with no evidence of degradation to pyrazine derivatives. ALA release correlated with dissolution medium temperature, triggered at temperatures close to that of skin. Results suggested that molten Witepsol enhanced cutaneous permeation, whereas incorporation of microparticles in a semi-solid vehicle attenuated ALA penetration. Optimal use was direct application under occlusion. Spray congealing is superior to the emulsion-based procedures with respect to encapsulation efficiency of ALA in Witepsol matrices, providing temperature-triggered release, enhanced stability and improved penetration of ALA through keratinised skin. These features could improve ALA delivery to superficial lesions as part of photodynamic therapy.
    Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology 10/2009; 61(9):1125-35. · 2.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Poly(vinyl alcohol)-borate complexes were evaluated as a potentially novel drug delivery platform suitable for in vivo use in photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy (PACT) of wound infections. An optimised formulation (8.0%w/w PVA, 2.0%w/w borax) was loaded with 1.0 mg ml(-1) of the photosensitisers Methylene Blue (MB) and meso-tetra (N-methyl-4-pyridyl) porphine tetra tosylate (TMP). Both drugs were released to yield receiver compartment concentrations (>5.0 microg ml(-1)) found to be phototoxic to both planktonic and biofilm-grown methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a common cause of wound infections in hospitals. Newborn calf serum, used to simulate the conditions prevalent in an exuding wound, did not adversely affect the properties of the hydrogels and had no significant effect on the rate of TMP-mediated photodynamic kill of MRSA, despite appreciably reducing the fluence rate of incident light. However, MB-mediated photodynamic kill of MRSA was significantly reduced in the presence of calf serum and when the clinical isolate was grown in a biofilm. Results support the contention that delivery of MB or TMP using gel-type vehicles as part of PACT could make a contribution to the photodynamic eradication of MRSA from infected wounds.
    Journal of photochemistry and photobiology. B, Biology 08/2009; 96(3):223-31. · 3.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: There are currently a number of different methods available to obtain anaesthesia in minor dermatological procedures. Although intradermal infiltration of 1% lidocaine is the favoured method for anaesthesia induction in laceration repair, it can cause significant pain in itself. Topical anaesthesia has been investigated as an alternative to infiltration anaesthesia, with the majority of studies looking at preparations of either TAC (tetracaine, adrenaline and cocaine) or LAT (lidocaine, adrenaline and tetracaine). A computerised search of the literature was undertaken, using Medline, Cinahl and the Cochrane Library, to identify studies of interest to this review. Reference lists were examined for further relevant papers. This paper aims to provide an overview of the use of topical anaesthetics, in laceration repair, in Emergency Medicine (EM) departments. The literature has shown that the induction of anaesthesia in lacerations has remained largely unchanged over the past few years, with lidocaine infiltration still the preferred method. Many reasons have been put forward as to why topical anaesthetics are not commonly used in the UK. Perhaps it would be beneficial to carry out work in relation to alternative formulations as opposed to overcoming the difficulties associated with formulations that are already available.
    International emergency nursing 05/2009; 17(2):99-107.
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    ABSTRACT: This study evaluated the clinical and histopathological responses of vulval lichen sclerosus (LS) and squamous hyperplasia (SH) to photodynamic therapy (PDT). A novel bioadhesive patch containing aminolevulinic acid (ALA) at a dose of (38 mg/cm(2)) was used to treat 10 patients before irradiation with light of 630 nm. Clinical, histopathological and pathological responses to treatment were assessed at 6 weeks post-treatment. After 17 cycles of PDT, six patients reported significant symptomatic relief and no cutaneous photosensitivity. Histopathological differences were not demonstrated, but statistically significant induction of apoptosis was seen. It can be concluded that ALA-PDT patch-based formulation is pragmatic and primarily offers symptomatic management of vulval LS and SH.
    Photodermatology Photoimmunology and Photomedicine 05/2009; 25(2):111-3. · 1.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A number of reports have suggested that many of the problems currently associated with the use of microneedle (MN) arrays for transdermal drug delivery could be addressed by using drug-loaded MN arrays prepared by moulding hot melts of carbohydrate materials. In this study, we explored the processing, handling, and storage of MN arrays prepared from galactose with a view to clinical application. Galactose required a high processing temperature (160 degrees C), and molten galactose was difficult to work with. Substantial losses of the model drugs 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) and bovine serum albumin were incurred during processing. While relatively small forces caused significant reductions in MN height when applied to an aluminium block, this was not observed during their relatively facile insertion into heat-stripped epidermis. Drug release experiments using ALA-loaded MN arrays revealed that less than 0.05% of the total drug loading was released across a model silicone membrane. Similarly, only low amounts of ALA (approximately 0.13%) and undetectable amounts of bovine serum albumin were delivered when galactose arrays were combined with aqueous vehicles. Microscopic inspection of the membrane following release studies revealed that no holes could be observed in the membrane, indicating that the partially dissolved galactose sealed the MN-induced holes, thus limiting drug delivery. Indeed, depth penetration studies into excised porcine skin revealed that there was no significant increase in ALA delivery using galactose MN arrays, compared to control (P value < 0.05). Galactose MNs were unstable at ambient relative humidities and became adhesive. The processing difficulties and instability encountered in this study are likely to preclude successful clinical application of carbohydrate MNs. The findings of this study are of particular importance to those in the pharmaceutical industry involved in the design and formulation of transdermal drug delivery systems based on dissolving MN arrays. It is hoped that we have illustrated conclusively the difficulties inherent in the processing and storage of carbohydrate-based dissolving MNs and that those in the industry will now follow alternative approaches.
    Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy 05/2009; 35(10):1242-54. · 1.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A novel 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-containing microparticulate system was produced recently, based on incorporation of ALA into particles prepared from a suppository base that maintains drug stability during storage and melts at skin temperature to release its drug payload. The novel particulate system was applied to the skin of living animals, followed by study of protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) production. The effect of formulating the microparticles in different vehicles was investigated and also the phototoxicity of the PpIX produced using a model tumour.Particles formulated in propylene glycol gels (10% w/w ALA loading) generated the highest peak PpIX fluorescence levels in normal mouse skin. Peak PpIX levels induced in skin overlying subcutaneously implanted WiDr tumours were significantly lower than in normal skin for both the 10% w/w ALA microparticles alone and the 10% w/w ALA microparticles in propylene glycol gels during continuous 12 h applications. Tumours not treated with photodynamic therapy continued to grow over the 17 days of the anti-tumour study. However, those treated with 12 h applications of either the 10% w/w ALA microparticles alone or the 10% w/w ALA microparticles in propylene glycol gel followed by a single laser irradiation showed no growth. The gel formulation performed slightly better once again, reducing the tumour growth rate by approximately 105%, compared with the 89% reduction achieved using particles alone. Following the promising results obtained in this study, work is now going on to prepare particle-loaded gels under GMP conditions with the aim of initiating an exploratory clinical trial.
    Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition 04/2009; 30(2):55-70. · 2.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The work in this study appraised photodynamic treatment (PDT) as a treatment method for vulval intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN) using a novel bioadhesive patch to deliver aminolevulinic acid. An analysis of changes in expression of apoptotic and cell cycle proteins (p53, p21, Mdm2, Blc-2, Bax, Ki-67) in response to PDT was evaluated. PDT was performed using non-laser light, either as a one or two-cycle treatment, with clinical and pathological assessment following after 6 weeks. Twenty-three patients with 25 VIN lesions underwent 49 cycles of PDT. Patches were designed to conform to uneven vulval skin and contained 38 mg cm(-2) aminolevulinic acid. Assessment was carried out at 6 weeks post-treatment. Patient-based treatment assessment, along with clinical and pathological changes, were monitored. Immunohistochemical staining was used to elucidate a possible biomolecular basis for induced cellular changes. Most patients (52%) reported a symptomatic response, with normal pathology restored in 38% of lesions. The patch was easy to apply and remove, causing minimal discomfort. Fluorescence inspection confirmed protoporphyrin accumulation. Pain during implementation of PDT was problematic, necessitating some form of local analgesia. Changes in expression of cell cycle and apoptotic-related proteins suggested involvement of apoptotic pathways. Down regulation of p21 and inverse changes in Bcl-2 and Bax were key findings. Treatment of VIN lesions using a novel bioadhesive patch induced changes in cell cycle and apoptotic proteins in response to PDT with possible utilisation of apoptotic pathways. The efficacy of PDT in treating VIN could be improved by a better understanding of these apoptotic mechanisms, the influence of factors, such as HPV status, and of the need for effective pain management.
    Photodiagnosis and photodynamic therapy 04/2009; 6(1):28-40.
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    ABSTRACT: The influence of the poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) plasticizer content and molecular weight on the physicochemical properties of films cast from aqueous blends of poly(methyl vinyl ether-co-maleic acid) (PMVE/MA) was investigated with tensile mechanical testing, thermal analysis, and attenuated total reflectance/Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Unplasticized films and those containing high copolymer contents were very difficult to handle and proved difficult to test. PEG with a molecular weight of 200 Da was the most efficient plasticizer. However, films cast from aqueous blends containing 10% (w/w) PMVE/MA and either PEG 1000 or PEG 10,000 when the copolymer/plasticizer ratio was 4 : 3 and those cast from aqueous blends containing 15% (w/w) PMVE/MA and either PEG 1000 or PEG 10,000 when the copolymer/plasticizer ratio was 2 : 1 possessed mechanical properties most closely mimicking those of a formulation we have used clinically in photodynamic therapy. Importantly, we found previously that films cast from aqueous blends containing 10% (w/w) PMVE/MA performed rather poorly in the clinical setting, where uptake of moisture from patients' skin led to reversion of the formulation to a thick gel. Consequently, we are now investigating films cast from aqueous blends containing 15% (w/w) PMVE/MA and either PEG 1000 or PEG 10,000, where the copolymer/plasticizer ratio is 2 : 1, as possible Food and Drug Administration approved replacements for our current formulation, which must currently be used only on a named patient basis as its plasticizer, tripropylene glycol methyl ether, is not currently available in pharmaceutical grade. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2009
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 02/2009; 112(5):2792 - 2799. · 1.40 Impact Factor

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917 Citations
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Institutions

  • 2008–2014
    • University of Ulster
      • • School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
      • • School of Biomedical Sciences
      Aontroim, N Ireland, United Kingdom
  • 1994–2013
    • Queen's University Belfast
      • School of Pharmacy
      Béal Feirste, N Ireland, United Kingdom
  • 2009–2011
    • Antrim Area Hospital
      Aontroim, N Ireland, United Kingdom
    • Belfast Healthy Cities
      Béal Feirste, N Ireland, United Kingdom