Multistage pH-responsive mucoadhesive nanocarriers prepared by aerosol flow reactor technology: A controlled dual protein-drug delivery system.

PMID 26253804


Nanotechnology based drug delivery systems are anticipated to overcome the persistent challenges in oral protein and peptide administration, and lead to the development of long awaited non-invasive therapies. Herein, an advanced single-step aerosol flow reactor based technology was used to develop a multifunctional site specific dual protein-drug delivery nanosystem. For this purpose, mucoadhesive porous silicon (PSi) nanoparticles encapsulated into a pH-responsive polymeric nanomatrix was developed for advanced oral type 2 diabetes mellitus therapy with an antidiabetic peptide, glucagon like peptide-1 (GLP-1), and the enzyme inhibitor, dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP4). Chitosan surface modification inherited the mucoadhesiveness to the nanosystem which led to enhanced cellular interactions and increased cellular compatibility. An advanced aerosol flow reactor technology was used to encapsulate the chitosan modified nanoparticles into an enteric polymeric nanomatrix. The pH-sensitive polymeric matrix simultaneously prevented the gastric degradation of the encapsulated peptide and also preserved the mucoadhesive functionality of the chitosan-modified PSi nanoparticles in the harsh stomach environment. The multidrug loaded nanosystem showed augmented intestinal permeability of GLP-1, evaluated in an inxa0vitro cell-based intestinal epithelium model, attributed to the permeation enhancer effect of chitosan and inhibition of GLP-1 degradation by the DPP4 inhibitor. The applied technology resulted in the development of a dual-drug delivery nanosystem that synergizes the antidiabetic effect of the loaded peptide and the enzyme inhibitor, thereby indicating high clinical potential of the system and preparation technique.