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Molecules 2018, 23(9), 2272;

Liposomes Loaded with Cisplatin and Magnetic Nanoparticles: Physicochemical Characterization, Pharmacokinetics, and In-Vitro Efficacy

Laboratorio de Farmacología, Subdirección de Investigación Básica, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, 14080 CDMX, Mexico
Sección de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigación, Escuela Superior de Medicina, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, 11340 CDMX, Mexico
Departamento de Física, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CINVESTAV-IPN, Zacatenco, 07360 CDMX, Mexico
Laboratorio de Biofisicoquímica, Departamento de Fisicoquímica, Facultad de Química, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 014510 CDMX, Mexico
Unidad de Investigación Biomédica en Cáncer INCan-UNAM, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, 14080 CDMX, Mexico
Instituto de Física, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 04510 CDMX, Mexico
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Received: 25 July 2018 / Revised: 30 August 2018 / Accepted: 31 August 2018 / Published: 6 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Collection Nanomedicine)
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With the aim improving drug delivery, liposomes have been employed as carriers for chemotherapeutics achieving promising results; their co-encapsulation with magnetic nanoparticles is evaluated in this work. The objective of this study was to examine the physicochemical characteristics, the pharmacokinetic behaviour, and the efficacy of pegylated liposomes loaded with cisplatin and magnetic nanoparticles (magnetite) (Cis-MLs). Cis-MLs were prepared by a modified reverse-phase evaporation method. To characterize their physicochemical properties, an evaluation was made of particle size, ζ-potential, phospholipid and cholesterol concentration, phase transition temperature (Tm), the encapsulation efficiency of cisplatin and magnetite, and drug release profiles. Additionally, pharmacokinetic studies were conducted on normal Wistar rats, while apoptosis and the cytotoxic effect were assessed with HeLa cells. We present a method for simultaneously encapsulating cisplatin at the core and also embedding magnetite nanoparticles on the membrane of liposomes with a mean vesicular size of 104.4 ± 11.5 nm and a ζ-potential of −40.5 ± 0.8 mV, affording a stable formulation with a safe pharmacokinetic profile. These liposomes elicited a significant effect on cell viability and triggered apoptosis in HeLa cells. View Full-Text
Keywords: cancer; cisplatin; drug delivery; magnetite; liposomes pharmacokinetics cancer; cisplatin; drug delivery; magnetite; liposomes pharmacokinetics

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Toro-Cordova, A.; Flores-Cruz, M.; Santoyo-Salazar, J.; Carrillo-Nava, E.; Jurado, R.; Figueroa-Rodriguez, P.A.; Lopez-Sanchez, P.; Medina, L.A.; Garcia-Lopez, P. Liposomes Loaded with Cisplatin and Magnetic Nanoparticles: Physicochemical Characterization, Pharmacokinetics, and In-Vitro Efficacy. Molecules 2018, 23, 2272.

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