[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Drugs can be targeted to the brain using polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) engineered on their surface with ligands able to allow crossing of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). This article aims to investigate the BBB crossing efficiency of polymeric poly lactide-co-glycolide (PLGA) NPs modified with a mutated form of diphtheria toxin (CRM197) in comparison with the results previously obtained using PLGA NPs modified with a glycopeptide (g7-NPs). Different kinds of NPs, covalently coupled PLGA with different fluorescent probes (DY405, rhodamine-B base and DY675) and different ligands (g7 and CRM197) were tested in vivo to assess their behavior and trafficking. The results highlighted the possibility to distinguish the different kinds of simultaneously administered NPs and to emphasize that CRM-197 modified NPs and g7-NPs can cross the BBB at a similar extent. The analysis of BBB crossing and of the neuronal tropism of CRM197 modified NPs, along with their BBB crossing pathways were also developed. In vivo pharmacological studies performed on CRM197 engineered NPs, loaded with loperamide, underlined their ability as drug carriers to the CNS.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A dyshomeostasis of zinc ions has been reported for many psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, including schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, autism, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Furthermore, alterations in zinc-levels have been associated with seizures and traumatic brain injury. Thus, altering zinc-levels within the brain is emerging as a new target for the prevention and treatment of psychiatric and neurological diseases. However, given the restriction of zinc uptake into the brain by the blood-brain barrier, methods for controlled regulation and manipulation of zinc concentrations within the brain are rare. Here, we performed in vivo studies investigating the possibility of brain targeted zinc delivery using zinc-loaded nanoparticles which are able to cross the blood-brain barrier. After injecting these nanoparticles, we analyzed the regional and time-dependent distribution of zinc and nanoparticles within the brain. Moreover, we evaluated whether the presence of zinc-loaded nanoparticles alters the expression of zinc sensitive genes and proteins such as metallothioneins and zinc transporters and quantified possible toxic effects. Our results show that zinc loaded g7 nanoparticles offer a promising approach as a novel non - invasive method to selectively enrich Zn2+ in the brain within a small amount of time.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The success of nanomedicine as a new strategy for drug delivery and targeting prompted the interest in developing approaches toward basic and clinical neuroscience. Despite enormous advances on brain research, central nervous system (CNS) disorders remain the world's leading cause of disability, in part due to the inability of the majority of drugs to reach the brain parenchyma. Many attempts to use nanomedicines as CNS drug delivery systems (DDS) were made; among the various non-invasive approaches, nanoparticulate carriers and, particularly, polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) seem to be the most interesting strategies. In particular, the ability of poly-lactide-co-glycolide NPs (PLGA-NPs) specifically engineered with a glycopeptide (g7), conferring to NPs' ability to cross the blood brain barrier (BBB) in rodents at a concentration of up to 10% of the injected dose, was demonstrated in previous studies using different routes of administrations. Most of the evidence on NP uptake mechanisms reported in the literature about intracellular pathways and processes of cell entry is based on in vitro studies. Therefore, beside the particular attention devoted to increasing the knowledge of the rate of in vivo BBB crossing of nanocarriers, the subsequent exocytosis in the brain compartments, their fate and trafficking in the brain surely represent major topics in this field.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Drug targeting to the CNS is challenging due to the presence of blood-brain barrier. We investigated chitosan (Cs) nanoparticles (NPs) as drug transporter system across the blood-brain barrier, based on mAb OX26 modified Cs.
Cs NPs functionalized with PEG, modified and unmodified with OX26 (Cs-PEG-OX26) were prepared and chemico-physically characterized. These NPs were administered (intraperitoneal) in mice to define their ability to reach the brain.
Brain uptake of OX26-conjugated NPs is much higher than of unmodified NPs, because: long-circulating abilities (conferred by PEG), interaction between cationic Cs and brain endothelium negative charges and OX26 TfR receptor affinity.
Cs-PEG-OX26 NPs are promising drug delivery system to the CNS.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The application of polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) has a promising future for targeting and delivering drugs into the central nervous system (CNS). However, the fate of NPs once entered in the brain after crossing the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and taken up into neuronal cells is a neglected area of study. Thus, here, we investigate the possible mechanisms of a cell-to-cell transport of poly-lactide-co-glycolide (PLGA) NPs modified with a glycopeptide (g7-NPs), already demonstrated to be able to cross the BBB after in vivo administration in rodents. We also tested antibody (Ab) -modified g7-NPs both in vitro and in vivo to investigate the possibility of specific targeting. Our results show that g7-NPs can be transported intra- and intercellularly within vesicles after vesicular internalization. Moreover, cell-to-cell transport is mediated by tunneling-nanotube (TNT)-like structures in cell lines and most interestingly in glial as well as neuronal cells in vitro. The transport is dependent on F-actin and can be increased by induction of TNT-like structures overexpressing M-Sec, a central factor and inducer of TNT formation. Moreover, cell-to-cell transport occurs independently from NP surface modification with antibodies. These in vitro findings were in part confirmed by in vivo evidence after i.p. administration of NPs in mice.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Nanocarriers can be useful tools for delivering drugs to the central nervous system (CNS). Their distribution within the brain and their interaction with CNS cells must be assessed accurately before they can be proposed for therapeutic use. In this paper, we investigated these issues by employing poly-lactide-co-glycolide nanoparticles (NPs) specifically engineered with a glycopeptide (g7) conferring to NPs the ability to cross the blood brain barrier (BBB) at a concentration of up to 10% of the injected dose. g7-NPs display increased in vitro uptake in neurons and glial cells. Our results show that in vivo administration of g7-NPs leads to a region- and cell type-specific enrichment of NPs within the brain. We provide evidence that g7-NPs are endocytosed in a clathrin-dependent manner and transported into a specific subset of early endosomes positive for Rab5 in vitro and in vivo. The differential Rab5 expression level is strictly correlated with the amount of g7-NP accumulation. These findings show that g7-NPs can cross the BBB and target specific brain cell populations, suggesting that these NPs can be promising carriers for the treatment of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.
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AIMS, MATERIALS & METHODS: The capacity of polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) to reach the target regardless of the administration route is a neglected field of investigation in pharmaceutical nanotechnology. Therefore, after having demonstrated in previous studies that glycopeptide-engineered NPs (g7-NPs) were able to reach the brain after intravenous administrations in rodents, this article aims to evaluate whether they can reach the CNS when administered by different routes.
Results & conclusions:
The confocal microphotographs on murine brain sections showed the capability of g7-NPs to reach the target also after intraperitoneal, intranasal and oral administrations. This could open new vistas for the future application of g7-NPs in the therapeutic treatment of CNS diseases.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed for the simultaneous measurement of adenosine (ADE), dopamine (DA), acetylcholine (ACh) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) in mouse brain microdialysates. High method sensitivity (LLOQ of 0.05nM) was achieved by optimization of chromatographic and mass spectrometric parameters. The method was fully validated for its sensitivity, selectivity, matrix effect and stability. The LC-MS/MS method was successfully applied to evaluate the effect of the systemic administration of cocaine or amphetamine on the extracellular levels of ADE, DA, ACh and 5-HT in the mouse nucleus accumbens by microdialysis.
Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis 08/2012; 71:183-6. DOI:10.1016/j.jpba.2012.08.004 · 2.98 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A sensitive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for the determination of adenosine concentrations in mouse brain microdialysis samples was developed. High method sensitivity (LLOQ of 1.25fmol) was achieved by on-line switching column. A C18 was employed as enrichment column and a cyano based (CN-SB) as analytical column. The method was fully validated for its sensitivity, selectivity, matrix effect and stability. It was successfully applied to measure quantitatively adenosine in brain of freely moving mice after different stimuli.
Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis 05/2012; 70:563-6. DOI:10.1016/j.jpba.2012.05.014 · 2.98 Impact Factor