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2022 Apr 01

Macromol Biosci

An Injectable Hydrogel for Treatment of Chronic Neuropathic Pain.


Zeng J, Su P, Li F, Yun Y, Liang H, Qu K, Fan Y, Zhang M, Song J, Yao Y, Shen H, Jiang N, Li R, Zhu D Y
Macromol Biosci. 2022 Apr 01:e2100529.
PMID: 35362658.


Current treatments for chronic neuropathic pain often fall short. A small-molecular compound ZL006 can suppress N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-mediated neuropathic pain behaviors without blocking essential NMDAR function and brings new hope for neuropathic pain therapy. The persistent nature of neuropathic pain mandates the long-term treatment. However, similar to existing analgesics, ZL006 has only a short duration of action. To unleash the therapeutic potential of ZL006, the stability of ZL006 in aqueous solutions is investigated, and a ZL006-incorporated P407-based thermo-responsive injectable hydrogel is developed. The computational analysis is performed to help achieve the desired ZL006-loaded hydrogel system and elucidate the gelation mechanism. The hydrogel matrix can be loaded with ZL006 in an aqueous phase at room temperature without costly specialized equipment and no organic solvent, where the sol is formed and injectable. On subcutaneous administration and subsequent rapid warming to physiological temperature, the sol is converted to a gel. The thermo-responsive hydrogel at body temperature enables the extended release of encapsulated ZL006, and therefore a single subcutaneous injection of ZL006-hydrogel produces a prolonged and stable analgesic action in mice with spinal nerve ligation. Our study provides a practical chronic neuropathic pain therapy and a new perspective on future applications of ZL006. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.