Int J Nanomedicine 2021 26;16:1587-1600. Epub 2021 Feb 26.
Center for Veterinary Drug Research and Evaluation, MOE Joint International Research Laboratory of Animal Health and Food Safety, College of Veterinary Medicine, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, 210095, People's Republic of China.
Background: Halofuginone hydrobromide (HF) is a synthetic analogue of the naturally occurring quinazolinone alkaloid febrifugine, which has potential therapeutic effects against breast cancer, however, its poor water solubility greatly limits its pharmaceutical application. D-α-tocopherol polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) is a water-soluble derivative of vitamin E, which can self-assemble to form polymeric micelles (PMs) for encapsulating insoluble anti-tumor drugs, thereby effectively enhancing their anti-cancer effects.
Methods: HF-loaded TPGS PMs (HTPMs) were manufactured using a thin-film hydration technique, followed by a series of characterizations, including the hydrodynamic diameter (HD), zeta potential (ZP), stability, drug loading (DL), encapsulation efficiency (EE), and in vitro drug release. Read More