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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.2174/1381612825666190211163948

Advances in Ultrasound Mediated Transdermal Drug Delivery.

01 Jan 2019-Current Pharmaceutical Design (Curr Pharm Des)-Vol. 25, Iss: 4, pp 413-423
Abstract: Low frequency ultrasound-assisted drug delivery has been widely investigated as a non-invasive method to enhance the transdermal penetration of drugs. Using this technique, a brief application of ultrasound is used to permeabilize skin for a prolonged time. In this review, an overview on ultrasound is detailed to help explain the parameters that could be modulated to obtain the desired ultrasound parameters for enhanced transdermal drug delivery. The mechanisms of enhancement and the latest developments in the area of ultrasound-assisted transdermal drug delivery are discussed. Special emphasis is placed on the effects of ultrasound when used in combination with microneedles, electroporation and iontophoresis, and penetration enhancers. Further, this review summarizes the effect of ultrasound on skin integrity and the regulatory requirements for commercialization of the ultrasound based transdermal delivery instruments. more

Topics: Transdermal (68%), Drug delivery (52%)

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.IJPHARM.2020.119229
Saloni Daftardar1, Dherya Bahl1, Sai H.S. Boddu2, Sai H.S. Boddu1  +2 moreInstitutions (2)
Abstract: The study aims to assess the ultrasound-assisted econazole nitrate (EN) permeation from topically applied formulations with potential for treating Raynaud’s phenomenon. Optimization of ultrasound parameters such as the distance of the horn, application time and amplitude were performed. In vitro percutaneous absorption studies were performed using econazole formulations (F2_HPMC dispersion, F4_Lipoderm® Activemax™ Cream) across the ultrasound-treated porcine skin and were compared with the control group (skin samples without ultrasound). Histology and ATR-FTIR studies were performed on treated skin samples. A constant frequency (20 kHz) ultrasound application with 40% amplitude, 0.5 cm distance between ultrasound horn and the skin surface for 2 min was optimized. The permeation of EN was found to be higher from ultrasound-treated skin samples than the control group. Drug permeation from F2_HPMC dispersion was found to be higher as compared to the other formulations and the marketed EN cream. Histological evaluation confirmed that F2_HPMC dispersion showed no signs of toxicity. ATR-FTIR studies revealed a slight increase in the CH2 stretching vibrations (~2920 cm−1 and 2850 cm−1) in ultrasound-treated skin samples as compared with the control. In conclusion, the ultrasound-assisted transdermal delivery of F2_HPMC dispersion could be further studied as a new therapy for Raynaud’s phenomenon. more

Topics: Econazole (52%), Econazole Nitrate (51%)

3 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/PHARMACEUTICS13070960
26 Jun 2021-Pharmaceutics
Abstract: Chemotherapeutic drugs are primarily administered to cancer patients via oral or parenteral routes. The use of transdermal drug delivery could potentially be a better alternative to decrease the dose frequency and severity of adverse or toxic effects associated with oral or parenteral administration of chemotherapeutic drugs. The transdermal delivery of drugs has shown to be advantageous for the treatment of highly localized tumors in certain types of breast and skin cancers. In addition, the transdermal route can be used to deliver low-dose chemotherapeutics in a sustained manner. The transdermal route can also be utilized for vaccine design in cancer management, for example, vaccines against cervical cancer. However, the design of transdermal formulations may be challenging in terms of the conjugation chemistry of the molecules and the sustained and reproducible delivery of therapeutically efficacious doses. In this review, we discuss the nano-carrier systems, such as nanoparticles, liposomes, etc., used in recent literature to deliver chemotherapeutic agents. The advantages of transdermal route over oral and parenteral routes for popular chemotherapeutic drugs are summarized. Furthermore, we also discuss a possible in silico approach, Formulating for Efficacy™, to design transdermal formulations that would probably be economical, robust, and more efficacious. more

Topics: Transdermal (73%), Transdermal route (68%)

1 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.ADDR.2021.113919
Tao Sheng1, Bowen Luo1, Wentao Zhang1, Xinyang Ge2  +3 moreInstitutions (2)
Abstract: Vaccine administration by subcutaneous or intramuscular injection is the most commonly prescribed route for inoculation, however, it is often associated with some deficiencies such as low compliance, high professionalism, and risk of infection. Therefore, the application of microneedles for vaccine delivery has gained widespread interests in the past few years due to its high compliance, minimal invasiveness, and convenience. This review focuses on recent advances in the development and application of microneedles for vaccination based on different delivery strategies, and introduces the current status of microneedle-mediated vaccination in clinical translation. The prospects for its application including opportunities and challenges are further discussed. more

Topics: Vaccination (50%)

1 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/POLYM13060923
Shadab1, Nabil A. Alhakamy1, Hibah M. Aldawsari1, Mohammad Husain2  +6 moreInstitutions (6)
17 Mar 2021-Polymers
Abstract: Plumbagin (PLM) is a phytochemical which has shown cytotoxicity against of cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo. However, the clinical application of PLM has been hindered due to poor aqueous solubility and low bioavailability. The aim of the present study was to develop, optimize and evaluate PLM-loaded glycerosome (GM) gel and compare with conventional liposome (CL) for therapeutic efficacy against skin cancer. The GM formulations were optimized by employing design expert software by 3-level 3-factor design. The prepared GMs were characterized in vitro for vesicle size, size distribution, zeta potential, vesicle deformability, drug release, skin permeation, retention, texture, antioxidant and cytotoxicity activities. The optimized formulation showed a vesicle size of 119.20 ± 15.67 nm with a polydispersity index (PDI) of 0.145 ± 0.02, the zeta potential of −27 ± 5.12 mV and entrapment efficiency of 76.42 ± 9.98%. The optimized PLM-loaded GM formulation was transformed into a pre-formed gel which was prepared using Carbopol 934 polymer. The drug diffusion fluxes of CL gel and GM-loaded gel were 23.31 ± 6.0 and 79.43 ± 12.43 µg/cm2/h, respectively. The result of texture analysis revealed the adequate hardness, cohesiveness, consistency, and viscosity of the developed GM-loaded gel compared to CL gel. The confocal images showed that glycerosomal gel has deeper skin layer penetration as compared to the control solution. GM-loaded gel treated rat skin showed significantly (p < 0.05) higher drug accumulation in the dermis, higher cytotoxicity and higher antioxidant activity as compared to CL gel and PLM suspension. Thus, findings revealed that novel GM-loaded gel could be potential carriers for therapeutic intervention in skin cancer. more

1 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/APP11052390
Sunmi Lee1, Jongbong Choi1, Junghyun Kim, Yongwoo Jang  +1 moreInstitutions (1)
01 Mar 2021-Applied Sciences
Abstract: The transdermal delivery system of nutrients, cosmetics, and drugs is particularly attractive for painless, noninvasive delivery and sustainable release. Recently, atmospheric pressure plasma techniques have been of great interest to improve the drug absorption rate in transdermal delivery. Currently, plasma-mediated changes in the lipid composition of the stratum corneum are considered a possible mechanism to increase transdermal permeability. Nevertheless, its molecular and cellular mechanisms in transdermal delivery have been largely confined and still veiled. Herein, we present the effects of cold plasma on transdermal transmission on porcine skin and the cellular permeability of keratinocytes and further demonstrate the production of nitric oxide from keratinocytes. Consequently, argon plasma irradiation for 60 s resulted in 2.5-fold higher transdermal absorption of aniline blue dye on porcine skin compared to the nontreated control. In addition, the plasma-treated keratinocytes showed an increased transmission of high-molecular-weight molecules (70 and 150 kDa) with the production of nitric oxide. Therefore, these findings suggest a promoting effect of low-temperature plasma on transdermal absorption, even for high-molecular-weight molecules. Moreover, plasma-induced nitric oxide from keratinocytes is likely to regulate transdermal permeability in the epidermal layer. more

Topics: Transdermal (74%), Stratum corneum (51%), Plasma medicine (50%)

1 Citations


Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1155/2017/6353510
Abstract: A prototype decision support IT-tool for the food industry was developed in the STARTEC project. Typical processes and decision steps were mapped using real life production scenarios of participating food companies manufacturing complex ready-to-eat foods. Companies looked for a more integrated approach when making food safety decisions that would align with existing HACCP systems. The tool was designed with shelf life assessments and data on safety, quality, and costs, using a pasta salad meal as a case product. The process flow chart was used as starting point, with simulation options at each process step. Key parameters like pH, water activity, costs of ingredients and salaries, and default models for calculations of Listeria monocytogenes, quality scores, and vitamin C, were placed in an interactive database. Customization of the models and settings was possible on the user-interface. The simulation module outputs were provided as detailed curves or categorized as "good"; "sufficient"; or "corrective action needed" based on threshold limit values set by the user. Possible corrective actions were suggested by the system. The tool was tested and approved by end-users based on selected ready-to-eat food products. Compared to other decision support tools, the STARTEC-tool is product-specific and multidisciplinary and includes interpretation and targeted recommendations for end-users. more

Topics: Decision support system (56%), Food safety (52%), Food processing (52%) more

1,187 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1038/SCIENTIFICAMERICAN0289-80
Topics: Ultrasound (56%)

820 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1126/SCIENCE.7638603
11 Aug 1995-Science
Abstract: Transdermal drug delivery offers a potential method of drug administration. However, its application has been limited to a few low molecular weight compounds because of the extremely low permeability of human skin. Low-frequency ultrasound was shown to increase the permeability of human skin to many drugs, including high molecular weight proteins, by several orders of magnitude, thus making transdermal administration of these molecules potentially feasible. It was possible to deliver and control therapeutic doses of proteins such as insulin, interferon gamma, and erythropoeitin across human skin. Low-frequency ultrasound is thus a potential noninvasive substitute for traditional methods of drug delivery, such as injections. more

Topics: Transdermal (67%), Drug delivery (57%), Sonophoresis (57%)

777 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.PBIOMOLBIO.2006.07.010
William D. O'Brien1Institutions (1)
Abstract: Ultrasonic biophysics is the study of mechanisms responsible for how ultrasound and biological materials interact. Ultrasound-induced bioeffect or risk studies focus on issues related to the effects of ultrasound on biological materials. On the other hand, when biological materials affect the ultrasonic wave, this can be viewed as the basis for diagnostic ultrasound. Thus, an understanding of the interaction of ultrasound with tissue provides the scientific basis for image production and risk assessment. Relative to the bioeffect or risk studies, that is, the biophysical mechanisms by which ultrasound affects biological materials, ultrasound-induced bioeffects are generally separated into thermal and non-thermal mechanisms. Ultrasonic dosimetry is concerned with the quantitative determination of ultrasonic energy interaction with biological materials. Whenever ultrasonic energy is propagated into an attenuating material such as tissue, the amplitude of the wave decreases with distance. This attenuation is due to either absorption or scattering. Absorption is a mechanism that represents that portion of ultrasonic wave that is converted into heat, and scattering can be thought of as that portion of the wave, which changes direction. Because the medium can absorb energy to produce heat, a temperature rise may occur as long as the rate of heat production is greater than the rate of heat removal. Current interest with thermally mediated ultrasound-induced bioeffects has focused on the thermal isoeffect concept. The non-thermal mechanism that has received the most attention is acoustically generated cavitation wherein ultrasonic energy by cavitation bubbles is concentrated. Acoustic cavitation, in a broad sense, refers to ultrasonically induced bubble activity occurring in a biological material that contains pre-existing gaseous inclusions. Cavitation-related mechanisms include radiation force, microstreaming, shock waves, free radicals, microjets and strain. It is more challenging to deduce the causes of mechanical effects in tissues that do not contain gas bodies. These ultrasonic biophysics mechanisms will be discussed in the context of diagnostic ultrasound exposure risk concerns. more

Topics: Ultrasonic sensor (57%), Ultrasound (53%)

460 Citations

PatentDOI: 10.1023/A:1016096626810
Abstract: Applications of low-frequency (20 KHz) ultrasound enhances transdermal transport of high-molecular weight proteins. This method includes a simultaneous application of ultrasound and protein on the skin surface in order to deliver therapeutic doses of proteins across the skin. Examples demonstrate in vitro and in vivo administration of insulin (molecular weight 6,000 D), and in vitro administration of gamma interferon (molecular weight 17,000 D), and erythropoeitin (molecular weight 48,000 D). more

Topics: Transdermal (63%), Sonophoresis (62%)

424 Citations

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