N-Acetylserotonin vs Melatonin: In-Vitro Controlled Release from Hydrophilic Matrix Tablets

Author(s): M. Vlachou*, G. Stavrou, A. Siamidi, S. Flitouri, V. Ioannidou, S. Mavrokordopoulos

Journal Name: Letters in Drug Design & Discovery

Volume 16 , Issue 3 , 2019

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Background: N-Acetylserotonin (NAS, N-acetyl-5-hydroxytryptamine) is the immediate precursor of the neurohormone melatonin (MT, N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine), which regulates sleep and wake cycles. NAS is produced by the N-acetylation of serotonin and is converted to melatonin via the action of Acetylserotonin O-methyltransferase (ASMT). Like melatonin, NAS acts as an agonist on the melatonin receptors MT1, MT2, and MT3. However, as NAS is abundant in specific brain areas, separate from serotonin and melatonin, it may also have discrete central effects. Indicatively, it has been reported that NAS may play a role in the antidepressant effects of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs).

Objective: To decipher the controlled release characteristics of the active substances (NAS and MT) in a quick initial pace, aiming at a satisfactory sleep-onset related anti-depressive profile and prolonged release, thereafter, targeting at coping with poor sleep quality problems.

Methods: A series of hydrophilic matrix tablets involving as excipients, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) K15M, low viscosity sodium alginate, lactose monohydrate, and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) M.W.: 10.000 and 55.000) was developed and tested at two dissolution media (pH 1.2 and 7.4).

Results: The results showed that commonly used excipients with different physicochemical properties govern the controlled release of NAS and MT from solid matrix systems.

Conclusions: We have demonstrated how broadly used excipients affect the in vitro controlled release of NAS and MT from solid pharmaceutical formulations. Currently, we extend our studies on the controlled release of these drugs using various other biopolymers/formulants of different physicochemical characteristics, which will help to highlight the discrete release profiles of NAS and MT.

Keywords: N-Acetylserotonin, melatonin, matrix tablets, modified release, physicochemical, lactose monohydrate.

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Year: 2019
Page: [347 - 352]
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DOI: 10.2174/1570180815666180404125519
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