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Biocompatibility of poly(D,L-lactic-co-hydroxymethyl glycolic acid) microspheres after subcutaneous and subcapsular renal injection.

International journal of pharmaceutics (2014-12-17)
F Kazazi-Hyseni, J Zandstra, E R Popa, R Goldschmeding, A A R Lathuile, G J Veldhuis, C F Van Nostrum, W E Hennink, R J Kok
ABSTRACT

Poly(D,L-lactic-co-hydroxymethyl glycolic acid) (PLHMGA) is a biodegradable copolymer with potential as a novel carrier in polymeric drug delivery systems. In this study, the biocompatibility of PLHMGA microspheres (PLHMGA-ms) was investigated both in vitro in three different cell types (PK-84, HK-2 and PTECs) and in vivo at two implantation sites (by subcutaneous and subcapsular renal injection) in rats. Both monodisperse (narrow size distribution) and polydisperse PLHMGA-ms were prepared with volume weight mean diameter of 34 and 17 μm, respectively. Mono and polydisperse PLHMGA-ms showed good cytocompatibility properties upon 72 h incubation with the cells (100 μg microspheres/600 μL/cell line). A mild foreign body reaction was seen shortly after subcutaneous injection (20 mg per pocket) of both mono and polydisperse PLHMGA-ms with the presence of mainly macrophages, few foreign body giant cells and myofibroblasts. This transient inflammatory reaction diminished within 28 days after injection, the time-point at which the microspheres were degraded. The degradation profile is comparable to the in vitro degradation time of the microspheres (i.e., within 35 days) when incubated at 37 °C in phosphate buffered saline. Subcapsular renal injection of monodisperse PLHMGA-ms (10 mg) in rats was characterized with similar inflammatory patterns compared to the subcutaneous injection. No cortical damage was observed in the injected kidneys. In conclusion, this study demonstrates that PLHMGA-ms are well tolerated after in vivo injection in rats. This makes them a good candidate for controlled delivery systems of low-molecular weight drugs as well as protein biopharmaceuticals.

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