Monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) is an emerging therapeutic target for cancer. It is involved in lipid metabolism and its inhibition impairs many hallmarks of cancer including cell proliferation, migration/invasion and tumor growth. For these reasons, our group has recently developed a potent reversible MAGL inhibitor (MAGL23), which showed promising anticancer activities. Here in, to improve its pharmacological properties, a nanoformulation based on nanocrystals coated with albumin was prepared for therapeutic applications. MAGL23 was solubilized by a nanocrystallization method with Pluronic F-127 as surfactant into an organic solvent and was recovered as nanocrystals in water after solvent evaporation. Finally, the solubilized nanocrystals were stabilized by human serum albumin to create a smart delivery carrier. An in-silico prediction (lipophilicity, structure at different pH and solubility in water), as well as experimental studies (solubility), have been performed to check the chemical properties of the inhibitor and nanocrystals. The solubility in water increases from less than 0.01 mg/mL (0.0008 mg/mL, predicted) up to 0.82 mg/mL in water. The formulated inhibitor maintained its potency in ovarian and colon cancer cell lines as the free drug. Furthermore, the system was thoroughly observed at each step of the solubilization process till the final formulation stage by different spectroscopic techniques and a comparative study was performed to check the effects of Pluronic F-127 and CTAB as surfactants. The formulated system is favorable to release the drug at physiological pH conditions (at pH 7.4, after 24 h, less than 20% of compound is released). In vivo studies have shown that albumin-complexed nanocrystals increase the therapeutic window of MAGL23 along with a favorable biodistribution. As per our knowledge, we are reporting the first ever nanoformulation of a MAGL inhibitor, which is promising as a therapeutic system where the MAGL enzyme is involved, especially for cancer therapeutic applications.
Rizzolio F. (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2022|
|Titolo:||A carrier free delivery system of a monoacylglycerol lipase hydrophobic inhibitor|
|Rivista:||INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICS|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2021.121374|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Articolo su rivista |