Thermo-Responsive PLGA-PEG-PLGA Hydrogels as Novel Injectable Platforms for Neuroprotective Combined Therapies in the Treatment of Retinal Degenerative Diseases



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López Cano, José Javier and A, Sigen and Andrés Guerrero, Vanessa and Tai, Hongyun and Bravo Osuna, Irene and Molina Martínez, Irene Teresa and Wang, Wenxin and Herrero Vanrell, Rocío (2021) Thermo-Responsive PLGA-PEG-PLGA Hydrogels as Novel Injectable Platforms for Neuroprotective Combined Therapies in the Treatment of Retinal Degenerative Diseases. Pharmaceutics, 13 (2). ISSN 1999-4923

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The present study aims to develop a thermo-responsive-injectable hydrogel (HyG) based on PLGA-PEG-PLGA (PLGA = poly-(DL-lactic acid co-glycolic acid); PEG = polyethylene glycol) to deliver neuroprotective agents to the retina over time. Two PLGA-PEG PLGA copolymers with different PEG:LA:GA ratios (1:1.54:23.1 and 1:2.25:22.5) for HyG-1 and HyG-2 development respectively were synthetized and characterized by different techniques (gel permeation chromatography (GPC), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), dynamic light scattering (DLS), critical micelle concentration (CMC), gelation and rheological behaviour). According to the physicochemical characterization, HyG-1 was selected for further studies and loaded with anti-inflammatory drugs: dexamethasone (0.2%), and ketorolac (0.5%), alone or in combination with the antioxidants idebenone (1 µM) and D-α-Tocopherol polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) (0.002%). In vitro drug release and cytotoxicity studies were performed for the active substances and hydrogels (loaded and drug-free). A cellular model based on oxidative stress was optimized for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant screening of the formulations by using retinal-pigmented epithelial cell line hTERT (RPE-1). The copolymer 1, used to prepare thermo-responsive HyG-1, showed low polydispersity (PDI = 1.22) and a strong gel behaviour at 25% (w/v) in an isotonic buffer solution close to the vitreous temperature (31–34 °C). Sustained release of dexamethasone and ketorolac was achieved between 47 and 62 days, depending on the composition. HyG-1 was well tolerated (84.5 ± 3.2%) in retinal cells, with values near 100% when the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents were included. The combination of idebenone and dexamethasone promoted high oxidative protection in the cells exposed to H2O2, with viability values of 86.2 ± 14.7%. Ketorolac and dexamethasone-based formulations ameliorated the production of TNF-α, showing significant results (p ≤ 0.0001). The hydrogels developed in the present study entail a novel biodegradable tool to treat neurodegenerative processes of the retina overtime

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This research was funded by Research Group UCM 920415 (InnOftal). MINECO/AEI/FEDER,
UE (MAT2017-83858-C2-1-R), MSCA-RISE-3DNEONET/734907, ISCIII-FEDER RETICS (OFTARED) (RD16/0008/0009 and RD16/0008/0004).

Uncontrolled Keywords:PLGA-PEG-PLGA; thermo-responsive hydrogel; micelles; neurodegenerative diseases; intravitreal drug delivery; oxidative stress; inflammation; ketorolac; dexamethasone
Subjects:Sciences > Chemistry > Chemistry, Organic
Medical sciences > Pharmacy > Pharmaceutical technology
ID Code:64032
Deposited On:19 Feb 2021 11:39
Last Modified:14 Jan 2022 12:25

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