Author(s): Vyas SP, Quraishi S, Gupta S, Jaganathan KS
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Abstract The present study was aimed at preparation, characterization, and performance evaluation of amphotericin B (Amp B)-loaded aerosolized liposomes for their selective presentation to lungs (alveolar macrophages), that being the densest site of Aspergillosis infection. Egg phosphatidylcholine (PC)- and cholesterol (Chol)-based liposomes were modified by coating them with alveolar macrophage-specific ligands (O-palmitoyl mannan, OPM, and O-polmitoyl pullulan, OPP). The prepared formulations were characterized in vitro for vesicle morphology, mean vesicle size, vesicle size distribution and percent drug entrapment. Pressurized packed systems based on preformed liposomal formulations in chlorofluorocarbon aerosol propellants were prepared. In vitro airways penetration efficiency of the liposomal aerosols was determined by percent dose reaching the peripheral airways, it was recorded 1.4-1.6 times lower as compared to plain drug solution-based aerosol. In vivo tissue distribution studies on albino rats suggested the preferential accumulation of OPM- and OPP-coated formulations in the lung macrophages. Higher lung drug concentration was recorded in case of ligand-anchored liposomal aerosols as compared to plain drug solution and plain liposome-based aerosols. The drug was estimated in the lung in high concentration even after 24 h. The drug-localization index calculated after 6 h was nearly 1.42-, 4.47-, and 4.16-fold, respectively, for plain, OPM-, and OPP-coated liposomal aerosols as compared to plain drug solution-based aerosols. These results suggest that the ligand anchored liposomal aerosols are not only effective in rapid attainment of high-drug concentration in lungs with high population of alveolar macrophages but also maintain the same over prolonged period of time. The significance of targeting potential of the developed systems was established.
This article was published in Int J Pharm
and referenced in Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta