Oral particle uptake and organ targeting drives the activity of amphotericin B nanoparticles

Dolores Remedios Serrano Lopez, Katerina Lalatsa, Maria Auxiliadora Dea Ayuela, Pablo E. Bilbao-Ramos, Natalie Laura Garrett, Mojer Julian, J. Guarro, J. Capilla, M. Paloma Ballesteros, Andreas G. Schatzlein, Franscisco Bolas, Juan J. Torrado, Ijeoma F. Uchegbu

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There are very few drug delivery systems that target key organs via the oral route, as oral delivery advances normally address gastrointestinal drug dissolution, permeation and stability. Here we introduce a nanomedicine, in which nanoparticles, while also protecting the drug from gastric degradation, are taken up by the gastrointestinal epithelia and transported to the lung, liver and spleen, thus selectively enhancing drug bioavailability in these target organs and diminishing kidney exposure (relevant to nephrotoxic drugs). Our work demonstrates, for the first time, that oral particle uptake and translocation to specific organs may be used to achieve a beneficial therapeutic response. We have illustrated this using amphotericin B, a nephrotoxic drug encapsulated within N-palmitoyl-N-methyl-N,N-dimethyl-N,N,N-trimethyl,6-O-glycolchitosan (GCPQ) nanoparticles and have evidenced our approach in three separate disease states (visceral leishmaniasis, candidiasis and aspergillosis) using industry standard models of the disease in small animals. The oral bioavailability of AmB-GCPQ nanoparticles is 24%. In all disease models, AmB-GCPQ nanoparticles show comparable efficacy to parenteral liposomal AmB (Ambisome®). Our work thus paves the way for others to use nanoparticles to achieve a specific targeted delivery of drug to key organs via the oral route. This is especially important for drugs with a narrow therapeutic index.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMolecular Pharmaceutics
Early online date5 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2015


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