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Dual function of tributyrin emulsion: solubilization and enhancement of anticancer effect of celecoxib.

International journal of pharmaceutics (2012-03-13)
Sung Nam Kang, Soon-Seok Hong, Mi-Kyung Lee, Soo-Jeong Lim
ABSTRACT

Tributyrin, a triglyceride analogue of butyrate, can act as a prodrug of an anticancer agent butyrate after being cleaved by intracellular enzymes. We recently demonstrated that the emulsion containing tributyrin as an inner oil phase possesses a potent anticancer activity. Herein we sought to develop tributyrin emulsion as a carrier of celecoxib, a poorly-water soluble drug with anticancer activity. Combined treatment of human HCT116 colon cancer cells with free celecoxib plus tributyrin emulsion inhibited the cellular proliferation more effectively than that of each drug alone, suggesting the possibility of tributyrin emulsion as a potential celecoxib carrier. The mean droplet size of emulsions tended to increase as the tributyrin content in emulsion increases and the concentration of celecoxib loaded in emulsions was affected by tributyrin content and the initial amount of celecoxib, but not by the total amount of surfactant mixture. The concentration of celecoxib required to inhibit the growth of HCT116 and B16-F10 cancer cells by 50% was 2.6- and 3.1-fold lowered by loading celecoxib in tributyrin emulsions, compared with free celecoxib. These data suggest that the anticancer activity of celecoxib was enhanced by loading in tributyrin emulsions, probably due to the solubilization capacity and anticancer activity of tributyrin emulsion.

MATERIALS
Product Number
Brand
Product Description

Sigma-Aldrich
Glyceryl tributyrate, ≥99%
Sigma-Aldrich
Tributyrin, 97%, FG
Sigma-Aldrich
Glyceryl tributyrate, puriss., ≥98.5% (GC)