Comparison in the Glucose Response of Flexible Liposomes Loaded with Insulin with the Addition of Different Surfactants in an Experimental Diabetes Model

Author(s): Sara Melisa Arciniegas, Sergio Andres Saavedra, Danaé Balderas, Sara del Carmen Caballero, María Josefa Bernad, Julio Cesar Sánchez, María Isabel Gracia, Héctor Ariel Rico, Dinorah Vargas*

Journal Name: Letters in Drug Design & Discovery

Volume 17 , Issue 6 , 2020

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Background: Insulin has been included in a variety of dosage forms; nevertheless, liposomes have shown protection to degradation and better absorption. The addition of surfactant to liposomes could give the ability to deform and pass through intact membranes, and could increase the stability and the release of the drug.

Introduction: Due to the limitations of the current treatment of insulin in diabetic patients, investigation in alternatives routes has increased. The oral route is the most convenient because of the similarity with the natural secretion of this hormone. The aim was to evaluate the in-vivo effect of fourteen formulations of Insulin-loaded flexible liposomes with different surfactants by oral and subcutaneous routes.

Methods: Fourteen formulations of insulin were obtained with the addition of different surfactants. Size distribution, polydispersion index and Z potential were obtained for all formulations. In-vivo tests were performed in rats induced with experimental diabetes with streptozotocin, and glucose curves were obtained during 480 minutes.

Results: All formulations by the subcutaneous route caused an optimal reduction in glucose levels. However, the addition of Brij L23 produced a better reduction, lasting for 420 minutes. By the oral route, the reduction of glucose did not reach the normal levels, but the addition of Poloxamer 407 and Brij S10 showed the best reduction in the glucose levels by this route.

Conclusion: The addition of surfactants to the lipid structure can modify the release of the insulin by different routes of administration, but this behavior depends on the characteristics of the surfactant, such as the melting phase transition temperature of the lipid bilayer.

Keywords: Tensoactive, insulin, lipid vesicles, diabetes, nanocarrier, liposome.

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Year: 2020
Page: [787 - 798]
Pages: 12
DOI: 10.2174/1570180816666191024102231

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