Liposome: Novel Drug Delivery System Jignesh Patel M. Pharm.(sem-3) NPC,visnagar
Lipids, along with proteins and nucleic acids, are essential biomolecules for the structure and function of living matter
What is a liposome? Liposomes are spherical self-closed structures, composed of curved lipid bilayers, which enclose part of the surrounding solvent into their interior. The size of a liposome ranges from some 20 nm up to several micrometers and they may be composed of one or several concentric membranes, each with a thickness of about 4 nm. Liposomes possess unique properties owing to the amphiphilic character of the lipids, which make them suitable for drug delivery. Formation of such a typical structural configuration is attributed to the amphiphilic character of phospholipids. When the letter are dispersed in excess of an aqueous phase, hydration of the polar head groups of the lipid results in a heterogeneous mixture of closed structures.
What is a liposome?
Spherical vesicles with a phospholipid bilayer
SUV: Small unilamellar vesicles 0.02-0.05 µ
LUV: Large unilamellar vesicles 0.1-0.5 µ
MLV: Multilamellar vesicles 1.0- >10 µ
3. Surface properties:
Size determined by methods: Sonication: SUV Smaller than 100 nm diameter Extrusion: LUV (Size depends on the filters) 100 nm—1 µm diameter Evaporation: MUV Larger than 1 µm diameter
Materials used for preparation:
Phospholipids: Polar Head Groups Three carbon glycerol
a polar region: glycerol , carbonyl of fatty acids, P i , & the polar head group ( X )
2 non-polar hydrocarbon tails of fatty acids ( R 1 , R 2 ).
Such an amphipathic lipid
may be represented as at
3D picture of a Phospholipid
Preparation of liposomes:
Selection of bilayer component is imp from toxicity as well as shelf life optimization point of view.
Common process steps for liposome formulation:
Bilayer components are mixed in a volatile organic solvent or solvent mixtures (eg. Chloroform, ether, EtOH, or combination of these)
Cholesterol upto 40-50 mol % is included to provide greater stability in biological fluids.
A charged species may be added (5-20%) to prevent aggregation. (natural acidic phospholipids eg PS, PG, PI, PA, etc)
Small amt of antioxidants such as aplha-tocopherol are included when polyunsaturated natural lipids are used.
Once a suitable solution of the lipid component is made, the mixture may be filtered to remove minor insoluble components or ultra filtered to lower pyrogens.
The solvent is subsequently removed under conditions (Pressure and Temp) that ensure no phase separations of the component of the mixture take place.
Preparation of lipid for hydration:
Methods to check the morphology of liposomes:
Freeze-fracture electron microscope (FFEM) or electron microscope (EM)
Light scattering (LS)
Methods to control vesicle size of liposomes:
Characterization of liposomes:
1. Physical Parameters:
Number of Lamellae
2. Chemical Parameters:
Quantitative determination of phospholipid
Classes of liposomes:
Modes of liposome/cell interaction: Adsorption Endocytosis Fusion Lipid transfer
Uses of liposomes: Chelation therapy for treatment of heavy metal poisoning Enzyme replacement Diagnostic imaging of tumors Study of membranes Cosmetics Drug Delivery
Why use liposomes in drug delivery?
Inactive: Unmodified liposomes gather in specific tissue
Active: alter liposome surface with ligand (antibodies,
enzymes, protein A, sugars)
Directly to site
Physical: temperature or pH sensitive liposomes Drug targeting
Protection Decrease harmful side effects Pharmokinetics - efficacy and toxicity Changes the absorbance and biodistribution Change where drug accumulates in the body Protects drug Deliver drug in desired form Multidrug resistance Why use liposomes in drug delivery?
Release Affect the time in which the drug is released Prolong time -increase duration of action and decrease administration Dependent on drug and liposome properties Liposome composition, pH and osmotic gradient, and environment Why use liposomes in drug delivery?
Liposomes help improve: Therapeutic index Rapid metabolism Unfavorable pharmokinetics Low solubility Lack of stability Irritation
Method of preparation
Current liposomal drug preparations: Type of Agents Examples Anticancer Drugs Anti bacterial Antiviral DNA material Enzymes Radionuclide Fungicides Vaccines Malaria merozoite, Malaria sporozoite Hepatitis B antigen, Rabies virus glycoprotein Amphotericin B In-111*, Tc-99m Hexosaminidase A Glucocerebrosidase, Peroxidase Duanorubicin, Doxorubicin, Epirubicin Methotrexate, Cisplatin*, Cytarabin Triclosan, Clindamycin hydrochloride, Ampicillin, peperacillin, rifamicin AZT cDNA - CFTR
No decrease in effectiveness of drug against fungi Liposomal formulation of AmB: Decrease in toxicity Exact Mechanism of liposomes not understood Cholesterol - only few %moles Phospholipid: AmB ratio Diffusion Lipid transfer AmB Lipid
Problems with liposomal preparations of drugs: Cost
Fungizone $40.58 Amphotec $2334
Doxil $1200 per treatment, twice the cost of normal protocol
of chemotherapy and drugs
Lack long term stability (short shelf life) Freeze dry and pH adjustment Low “Pay Load” - poor encapsulation Physical and chemical instability Polar drugs and drugs without opposite charge Modifications
Possibility of new side effects Problems continued Efficacy
Studies with insulin show that liposomes may be an effective way to package proteins and peptides for use Clinical Trials for several liposomal formulations More studies on the manipulation of liposomes Future
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