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2020 Mar

Mater Sci Eng C Mater Biol Appl


Lappaconitine trifluoroacetate contained polyvinyl alcohol nanofibrous membranes: Characterization, biological activities and transdermal application.


Teng G, Zhang X, Zhang C, Chen L, Sun W, Qiu T, Zhang J
Mater Sci Eng C Mater Biol Appl. 2020 Mar; 108:110515.
PMID: 31924037.


Lappaconitine (LA), a potent analgesic drug extracted from the root of natural aconitum species, has been clinically used for years because of its effectiveness and non-addictive properties. However, it is mainly limited in oral and intravenous administration in the form of Lappaconitine Hydrobromide (LAH). In this work, Lappaconitine trifluoroacetate (LAF), a new derivative of LA, was successfully obtained by introducing organofluorine group to LA. This new compound had a lower toxicity (LD of 21.14 mg·kg), improved analgesic effect and longer half-life (T of 2.24 h) when compared with LAH. Moreover, in vitro transdermal permeation (J of 206.82 μg·cm·h) of LAF was 30.54% higher than that of LAH, means that LAF can be conveniently used for transdermal drug delivery (TDD). Therefore, drug membranes with PVA solution (10 wt%) containing LAF in various amounts were fabricated by electrospinning. The in vitro release tests confirmed that up to 81.43% of LAF in the PVA/LAF nanofibrous membranes could be released in 72 h, accompanied by significant analgesic effect when compared with the blank control group. In conclusion, the prepared LAF-loaded membrane is a novel formulation for the treatment of chronic and long-term pain.