QUINTEROS Daniela Alejandra
Self-Assembling Elastin-Like Hydrogels for Timolol Delivery: Development of an Ophthalmic Formulation Against Glaucoma
FERNÁNDEZ-COLINO, ALICIA; QUINTEROS, DANIELA A.; ALLEMANDI, DANIEL A.; GIROTTI, ALESSANDRA; PALMA, SANTIAGO D.; ARIAS, F. JAVIER
AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Año: 2017 vol. 14 p. 4498 - 4498
This work focuses on improving the effectiveness of current therapies against glaucoma by incorporating self-assembled polymers into the ophthalmic formulation. To that end, we first studied the influence of the dispersing medium on the mechanical performance of self-assembling elastin-like (EL) and silk-elastin-like (SEL) hydrogels by conducting rheological tests. These polymers were subsequently incorporated into the antiglaucoma formulation, which contains timolol maleate (TM) as active ingredient, and in vivo tests, namely adhesion tests and intraocular pressure measurements (IOP), were performed in New Zealand rabbits. An enhanced reduction in IOP due to the presence of the polymers was observed. Moreover, differences in the effectiveness between both EL- and SEL-hydrogels, which can be explained on the basis of the different rheological properties displayed by these two systems, were also encountered. The results point to the potential of this system as a basis for the development of an ophthalmic formulation against glaucoma.