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Cristiane Patricia Pissinato Pere, Sophia N Economidou, Gurprit Lall, Clémentine Ziraud, Joshua S Boateng, Bruce D Alexander, Dimitrios A Lamprou, Dennis Douroumis
In this study, polymeric microneedle patches were fabricated by stereolithography, a 3D printing technique, for the transdermal delivery of insulin. A biocompatible resin was photopolymerized to build pyramid and cone microneedle designs followed by inkjet print coating of insulin formulations., trehalose and xylitol were used as drug carriers with the aim to preserve insulin integrity and stability but also facilitate rapid release rates. Circular dichroism and Raman analysis demonstrated that all carriers maintained the native form of insulin with xylitol presenting the best performance...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Shayan Fakhraei Lahiji, Seol Hwa Seo, Suyong Kim, Manita Dangol, Jiyong Shim, Cheng Guo Li, Yonghao Ma, Chisong Lee, Geonwoo Kang, Huisuk Yang, Kang-Yell Choi, Hyungil Jung
The interest in alternative material systems and delivery methods for treatment of androgenetic alopecia has been increasing in the recent decades. Topical application of valproic acid (VPA), an FDA-approved anticonvulsant drug, has been shown to effectively stimulate hair follicle (HF) regrowth by upregulating Wnt/β-catenin, a key pathway involved in initiation of HF development. Moreover, a majority of studies have suggested that cutaneous wound re-epithelialization is capable of inducing HF through Wnt/β-catenin pathway...
March 13, 2018: Biomaterials
Firas Al Qarqaz, Ali Al-Yousef
BACKGROUND: Acne is very common skin condition. Most patients with acne will have a degree of scarring as a result of their acne. In patients with darker skin color the scarring can be further complicated by hyperpigmentation. Several treatment options can be used to improve acne scarring, however the problem of post acne hyperpigmentation is not often addressed. This study especially focus on the treatment of pigmented post acne scarring using skin microneedling. AIMS: The primary objective is to assess the improvement of pigmentation of acne scarring in patients with dark skin using microneedling...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Michael A Luzuriaga, Danielle R Berry, John C Reagan, Ronald A Smaldone, Jeremiah J Gassensmith
Biodegradable polymer microneedle (MN) arrays are an emerging class of transdermal drug delivery devices that promise a painless and sanitary alternative to syringes; however, prototyping bespoke needle architectures is expensive and requires production of new master templates. Here, we present a new microfabrication technique for MNs using fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing using polylactic acid, an FDA approved, renewable, biodegradable, thermoplastic material. We show how this natural degradability can be exploited to overcome a key challenge of FDM 3D printing, in particular the low resolution of these printers...
March 14, 2018: Lab on a Chip
Mary Mina, Lamia Elgarhy, Hanan Al-Saeid, Zeinab Ibrahim
BACKGROUND: Several treatment modalities had been used for the treatment of vitiligo, but the optimal treatment has not yet been identified. OBJECTIVES: To study the efficacy of microneedling with 5-flurouracil vs its efficacy with tacrolimus in the treatment of vitiligo. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty-five patients with vitiligo were subjected to microneedling of 2 patches of vitiligo with dermapen, then application of 5-fluorouracil to 1 patch and tacrolimus on the other patch...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Jung U Shin, Jung Dong Kim, Hong Kee Kim, Hong Kyu Kang, Chulmin Joo, Ju Hee Lee, Do Hyeon Jeong, Seungri Song, Howard Chu, Jung Soo Lee, Hemin Lee, Kwang Hoon Lee
BACKGROUND: The stratum corneum is an almost impermeable barrier. Recently, microneedles have been used to increase drug delivery passing the stratum corneum by incorporating the drug within the microneedle or by coating the surface of the microneedle with the drug. OBJECTIVE: This study was performed to investigate whether applying a biodegradable microneedle patch after topical steroid application increases penetration of the steroid in vitro, as well as treatment efficacy in patients with prurigo nodularis...
February 1, 2018: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
Yuqi Zhang, Jicheng Yu, Di Wen, Guojun Chen, Zhen Gu
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March 9, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
Pablo Serrano-Castañeda, Jose Juan Escobar-Chavez, Isabel Marlen Rodriguez-Cruz, Luz Maria Melgoza, Jessica Martinez-Hernandez
The microneedles technology has found applications in many health-related fields. For example, their application in drugs and vaccines delivery as well, as the determination of biomarkers, has been reported. They also have a place in the dermatology and cosmetic areas such as the treatment of wounds from burns, scars, acne, depigmentation, and alopecia will be shown. Microneedles are used in therapeutic applications and are manufactured using materials such as metal (steel, titanium, nickel), polymer (oly-glycolic acid (PGA), poly-lactide-co-glycolide acid (PLGA), poly-L-lactic acid (PLA), chitosan), glass, silicon, ceramic, carbohydrates (trehalose, sucrose, mannitol)...
2018: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Grace Cole, Ahlam A Ali, Cian M McCrudden, John W McBride, Joanne McCaffrey, Tracy Robson, Vicky L Kett, Nicholas J Dunne, Ryan F Donnelly, Helen O McCarthy
Dissolvable microneedles can be employed to deliver DNA to antigen presenting cells within the skin. However, this technology faces two main challenges: the poor transfection efficacy of pDNA following release from the microneedle matrix, and the limited loading capacity of the micron-scale devices. Two-tier delivery systems combining microneedle platforms and DNA delivery vectors have increased efficacy but the challenge of increasing the loading capacity remains. This study utilised lyophilisation to increase the loading of RALA/pDNA nanoparticles within dissolvable PVA microneedles...
March 3, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Shayan Fakhraei Lahiji, Yoojung Jang, Yonghao Ma, Manita Dangol, Huisuk Yang, Mingyu Jang, Hyungil Jung
Dissolving microneedle (DMN) is referred to a microscale needle that encapsulates drug(s) within a biodegradable polymer matrix and delivers it into the skin in a minimally invasive manner. Although vast majority of studies have emphasized DMN as an efficient drug delivery system, the activity of DMN-encapsulated proteins or antigens can be significantly affected due to a series of thermal, physical and chemical stress factors during DMN fabrication process and storage period. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of DMN fabrication parameters including polymer type, polymer concentration, fabrication and storage temperature, and drying conditions on the activity of the encapsulated therapeutic proteins by employing lysozyme (LYS) as a model protein...
March 2, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Jae Hwan Jung, Bryce Chiang, Hans E Grossniklaus, Mark R Prausnitz
Treatment of many posterior-segment ocular indications would benefit from improved targeting of drug delivery to the back of the eye. Here, we propose the use of iontophoresis to direct delivery of negatively charged nanoparticles through the suprachoroidal space (SCS) toward the posterior pole of the eye. Injection of nanoparticles into the SCS of the rabbit eye ex vivo without iontophoresis led to a nanoparticle distribution mostly localized at the site of injection near the limbus and <15% of nanoparticles delivered to the most posterior region of SCS (>9 mm from the limbus)...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Sabine Szunerits, Rabah Boukherroub
Advances in materials science and bionanotechnology have allowed the refinements of current drug delivery systems, expected to facilitate the development of personalized medicine. While dermatological topical pharmaceutical formulations such as foams, creams, lotions, gels, etc., have been proposed for decades, these systems target mainly skin-based diseases. To treat systemic medical conditions as well as localized problems such as joint or muscle concerns, transdermal delivery systems (TDDSs), which use the skin as the main route of drug delivery, are very appealing...
2018: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Elizabeth Q Littauer, Lisa K Mills, Nicole Brock, E Stein Esser, Andrey Romanyuk, Joanna A Pulit-Penaloza, Elena V Vassilieva, Jacob T Beaver, Olivia Antao, Florian Krammer, Richard W Compans, Mark R Prausnitz, Ioanna Skountzou
The widely used influenza subunit vaccine would benefit from increased protection rates in vulnerable populations. Skin immunization by microneedle (MN) patch can increase vaccine immunogenicity, as well as increase vaccination coverage due to simplified administration. To further increase immunogenicity, we used granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), an immunomodulatory cytokine already approved for skin cancer therapy and cancer support treatment. GM-CSF has been shown to be upregulated in skin following MN insertion...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Liyun Dong, Yuce Li, Zhao Li, Nan Xu, Pei Liu, Hongyao Du, Yamin Zhang, Yuqiong Huang, Jinjin Zhu, Guichao Ren, Jun Xie, Ke Wang, Yajie Zhou, Chen Shen, Jintao Zhu, Juan Tao
For superficial skin tumors with high incidence, surgery and systemic therapy are relatively invasive and possible to cause severe side effect, respectively. Yet, topical therapy is confronted with the limited transdermal capacity due to the stratum corneum barrier layer of skin. Therefore, it is crucial to develop a highly effective and minimally invasive alternative transdermal approach for treating superficial skin tumors. Here, we developed gold nanocage (AuNC)- and chemotherapeutic drug doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded hyaluronic acid dissolving microneedle (MN) arrays...
March 1, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Venkataram Mysore, Omprakash H Mahadevappa, Shyamanta Barua, Imran Majid, Vishalakshi Viswanath, Ramesh M Bhat, Suresh Talwar, Salim Thurakkal, Sanjeev J Aurangabadkar, Manas Chatterjee, Anil Ganjoo
Background: Currently, the standard protocol regarding the performance of procedures on patients receiving or having recently received isotretinoin (13- cis -retinoic acid) states that the procedures should not be performed. The recommendations in standard books and drug insert require discontinuation of isotretinoin for 6 months before performing cosmetic procedures, including waxing, dermabrasion, chemical peels, laser procedures, or incisional and excisional cold-steel surgery. These recommendations have been followed for over two decades despite little evidence for the stated increased risk of scarring...
October 2017: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
Ying Hao, Wei Li, XingLi Zhou, Fan Yang, ZhiYong Qian
A microneedle (MN) is a micron-sized needle with a height of 10-2000 μm and a width of 10-50 μm, which can penetrate through the epidermis layer to dermal tissue directly without pain. Microneedles are widely used in transdermal drug delivery systems (TDDS) because they are efficient, safe, convenient and painless. Morphologically, microneedles are divided into four types: solid microneedles, coated microneedles, dissolving microneedles, and hollow microneedles. Different types of microneedles play different roles in different research fields...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology
Yuqi Zhang, Jinqiang Wang, Jicheng Yu, Di Wen, Anna R Kahkoska, Yue Lu, Xudong Zhang, John B Buse, Zhen Gu
Self-regulating glucose-responsive insulin delivery systems have great potential to improve clinical outcomes and quality of life among patients with diabetes. Herein, an H2 O2 -labile and positively charged amphiphilic diblock copolymer is synthesized, which is subsequently used to form nano-sized complex micelles (NCs) with insulin and glucose oxidase of pH-tunable negative charges. Both NCs are loaded into the crosslinked core of a microneedle array patch for transcutaneous delivery. The microneedle core is additionally coated with a thin sheath structure embedding H2 O2 -scavenging enzyme to mitigate the injury of H2 O2 toward normal tissues...
February 26, 2018: Small
L Torezan, B Grinblat, M Haedersdal, N Valente, C Festa-Neto, R M Szeimies
BACKGROUND: Topical photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an approved treatment for actinic keratosis (AK). To enhance the efficacy of PDT for AKs, physical (ablative lasers and microneedling) and chemical (pro-differentiating drugs) pretreatments have been suggested. OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy and safety of the combination of topical calcipotriol (CAL) before methylaminolevulinate (MAL)-PDT for AKs of the scalp versus conventional MAL-PDT in a randomized controlled-clinical trial...
February 24, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
Robert M Taylor, Philip R Miller, Parwana Ebrahimi, Ronen Polsky, Justin T Baca
Interstitial fluid (ISF) has recently garnered interest as a biological fluid that could be used as an alternate to blood for biomedical applications, diagnosis, and therapy. ISF extraction techniques are promising because they are less invasive and less painful than venipuncture. ISF is an alternative, incompletely characterized source of physiological data. Here, we describe a novel method of ISF extraction in rats, using microneedle arrays, which provides volumes of ISF that are sufficient for downstream analysis techniques such as proteomics, genomics, and extracellular vesicle purification and analysis...
January 1, 2018: Laboratory Animals
Aaron R J Hutton, Helen L Quinn, Paul J McCague, Courtney Jarrahian, Annie Rein-Weston, Patricia S Coffey, Emily Gerth-Guyette, Darin Zehrung, Eneko Larrañeta, Ryan F Donnelly
Vitamin K deficiency within neonates can result in vitamin K deficiency bleeding. Ensuring that newborns receive vitamin K is particularly critical in places where access to health care and blood products and transfusions is limited. The World Health Organization recommends that newborns receive a 1 mg intramuscular injection of vitamin K at birth. Evidence from multiple surveillance studies shows that the introduction of vitamin K prophylaxis reduces the incidence of vitamin K deficiency bleeding. Despite these recommendations, coverage of vitamin K prophylactic treatment in low-resource settings is limited...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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