Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine
Biomedical Devices and Instrumentation | Immune System Diseases | Macromolecular Substances | Musculoskeletal Diseases | Pathological Conditions, Signs and Symptoms | Rheumatology | Therapeutics
Local delivery of therapeutics for the treatment of inflammatory arthritis (IA) is limited by short intra-articular half-lives. Since IA severity often fluctuates over time, a local drug delivery method that titrates drug release to arthritis activity would represent an attractive paradigm in IA therapy. Here we report the development of a hydrogel platform that exhibits disassembly and drug release controlled by the concentration of enzymes expressed during arthritis flares. In vitro, hydrogel loaded with triamcinolone acetonide (TA) releases drug on-demand upon exposure to enzymes or synovial fluid from patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In arthritic mice, hydrogel loaded with a fluorescent dye demonstrates flare-dependent disassembly measured as loss of fluorescence. Moreover, a single dose of TA-loaded hydrogel but not the equivalent dose of locally injected free TA reduces arthritis activity in the injected paw. Together, our data suggest flare-responsive hydrogel as a promising next-generation drug delivery approach for the treatment of IA.
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Nat Commun. 2018 Apr 3;9(1):1275. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03691-1. Link to article on publisher's site
Joshi N, Gravallese EM, Ermann J, Karp JM. (2018). Towards an arthritis flare-responsive drug delivery system. Open Access Articles. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-03691-1. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/oapubs/3458
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