Karen Killary

Caerus Discovery, Manassas, Virginia, United States

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  • K. Killary · D. Diaz · G. Argentieri · R. Dugyala · K. Bowenkamp
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    ABSTRACT: Polyoxyl 35 castor oil USP (a.k.a. Polyoxyethylenglyceroltriricioleat 35 (DAG); Cremophor EL®) is a non-ionic solubilizer and emulsifier used for aqueous preparations of hydrophobic substances in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and feedstuffs. Polyoxyl 35 castor oil is soluble in water and ethanol, and the degree of solubilization achieved depends on the amount of Polyoxyl 35 castor oil used. Oral, topical, and inhaled delivery of Polyoxyl 35 castor oil is well tolerated in many species. Percutaneous administration of Polyoxyl 35 castor oil also is reported to be well tolerated in rats but may cause anaphylactoid reactions in cattle and humans. In a recent follow-up toxicity study, sterile-filtered 95% Polyoxyl 35 castor oil/ethanol (65/35 v/v) in 5% Dextrose at a 1:10 ratio was used as the vehicle for once daily intravenous injection into the tail vein of Wistar rats for 2 weeks at volumes of 2 or 10 mL/kg BW. Rats of both genders that received 10 mL/kg Polyoxyl 35 castor oil/ethanol were pale and ataxic with decreased locomotor activity, and in males body weight gain and food consumption were decreased. No clinical pathology findings were attributable to the kidney. At necropsy paired kidney weight was increased in rats that received 10 mL/kg Polyoxyl 35 castor oil/ethanol vehicle, and segmental vacuolation of proximal tubular epithelium occurred with higher incidence and severity. Vacuole contents were not labeled by Oil-Red-O staining for neutral triglycerides or lipids. Ultrastructural examination of vacuolated cells revealed increased numbers of distended lysosomes containing variably electron-dense granular material. Renal tubular vacuolation seen in this study was considered secondary to lysosomal accumulation of Polyoxyl 35 castor oil/ethanol vehicle or metabolites when injected by slow IV bolus daily to young-adult Wistar rats. ®Cremophor EL is a registered trademark of BASF Aktiengesellschaft. Materials and Methods: Animals: IGS Wistar Hannover Rats (CRL:WI(HAN)) approx. 10 weeks old and 175 - 400 g body weight (BW) at study start. Test articles: Polyoxyl 35 castor oil/ethanol (65:35 v/v) 95% diluted with 5% Dextrose injection USP at a 1:10 ratio of Polyoxyl 35 castor oil/ethanol was filtered using 0.22 μm Durapore (PVDF) membrane and administered by intravenous (slow-bolus) injection into the tail vein once daily for 2 weeks at dose volumes of either 2 or 10 mL/kg BW. A 5% dextrose solution (5% Dextrose Injection, USP) was administered by once daily slow-bolus IV injection for comparison. Standard toxicology study endpoints were collected. TEM: Archived NBF-fixed kidney was post-fixed and processed by microwave method (Modified Karnovsky"s fixative and 1% osmium tetroxide in cacodylate buffer, dehydrated through a graded water/acetone series, infiltrated and embedded in epoxy resin (EMBed 812, Electron Microscopy Sciences, Hatfield, PA). Toluidine blue-stained 0.6 μm sections were screened to prepare uranyl acetate & lead citrate-stained, 600-700 Å sections mounted on 200 mesh copper/rhodium grids for TEM and digital photomicrography (> 4 images) with an Olympus Soft Imaging System Morada digital camera mounted on an FEI Tecnai G2 BioTwin transmission electron microscope. Conclusions: Once daily slow-bolus IV injection of 10 mL/kg Polyoxyl 35 castor oil/ ethanol (65:35 v/v) 95% diluted with 5% Dextrose injection USP to rats for 2 weeks causes several changes: " Pallor, decreased locomotor activity, ataxia, body weight and body weight gain in both sexes; decreased food consumption in males " Increased mean relative kidney weight vs. body weight in both sexes and vs. brain weight in males " Segmental proximal tubular epithelial vacuolation in the kidney of both sexes unassociated with accumulation of neutral triglycerides or lipids or altered serum/urine chemistry " In males, increased proximal tubular accumulation of globular to crystalline material (presumptive alpha 2μ-globulin).
    No preview · Article · Jul 2009 · Microscopy and Microanalysis
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    ABSTRACT: Prolonged exposure to elevated glucocorticoid levels is known to produce insulin resistance (IR), a hallmark of diabetes mellitus. Although not fully elucidated, the underlying molecular mechanisms by which glucocorticoids induce IR may provide potential targets for pharmacological interventions. Here we characterized muscle lipid metabolism in a dexamethasone-aggravated diet-induced obesity murine model of IR. Male C57BL/6 mice on a high-fat diet for 2 months when challenged with dexamethasone showed elevated food consumption and weight gain relative to age and diet-matched animals dosed with saline only. Dexamethasone treatment impaired glucose tolerance and significantly increased the intramyocellular lipid content in the tibialis anterior muscle (TA). A good correlation (r = 0.76, P < 0.01) was found between accumulation in intramyocellular lipid content in the TA and visceral adiposity. The linoleic acid (18:2) to polyunsaturated acid ratio was increased in the dexamethasone-treated animals (+29%; P < 0.01), suggesting a possible increase in stearoyl-CoA desaturase 2 activity, as reported in Sertoli cells. The treatment was also accompanied by a reduction in the percent fraction of omega-3 and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in the TA. Analysis of the low-molecular-weight metabolites from muscle extracts showed that there was no dysregulation of muscle amino acids, as has been associated with dexamethasone-induced muscle proteolysis. In conclusion, dexamethasone-induced insulin resistance in diet-induced obese mice is associated with a profound perturbation of lipid metabolism. This is particularly true in the muscle, in which an increased uptake of circulating lipids along with a conversion into diabetogenic lipids can be observed.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2008 · Endocrinology