Title

Fast Dissolving Dendrimer Nanofiber Mats as Alternative to Eye Drops for More Efficient Antiglaucoma Drug Delivery

Abstract

Polyamidoamine dendrimers have been investigated as a potential platform for a number of ocular drugs but only in aqueous solution. In this work, we have developed fast dissolving dendrimer-based nanofibers (DNF) as a topical delivery vehicle for the glaucoma drug brimonidine tartrate (BT). The safety and drug release kinetics of these nanofiber mats were evaluated in vitro and in vivo. DNF caused no toxicity at therapeutic levels in cultured cells or ocular irritation in animal tests using a normotensive rat model. Intraocular pressure response was equivalent between DNF and BT solutions in a single dose test, but DNF showed significantly improved efficacy with daily dosing over a 3-week test period. This study indicates electrospun dendrimer nanofibers are a viable alternative to eye drops as a more efficient method of topically administering antiglaucoma drug.

Department(s)

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Comments

his work was supported by the National Institutes of Health (R01EY024072).

Keywords and Phrases

dendrimer; drug delivery; electrospinning; glaucoma

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

2373-9878

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2017 American Chemical Society (ACS), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

14 Aug 2017

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