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Papers: 25 Mar 2023 - 31 Mar 2023

Basic Science

Animal Studies, Pharmacology/Drug Development


2023 Mar 21

Biomater Adv



Celastrol-encapsulated microspheres prepared by microfluidic electrospray for alleviating inflammatory pain.


Zheng H, Zhao C, Lu Y, Cao J, Zeng F, Wang H, Qin Z, Tao T


Inflammatory pain is induced by trauma, infection, chemical stimulation, etc. It causes severe physical and psychological agony to patients. Celastrol has powerful anti-inflammatory property and has achieved good results in various inflammation-related diseases. However, the low water solubility and multi-system toxicity limit its clinical application. Herein, we proposed alginate microspheres with core-shell structure which encapsulated celastrol by microfluidic electrospray to effectively overcome the shortcomings and improve the therapeutic effect. The microspheres had uniform size and good biocompatibility, and could release the loaded drugs in the gut. The behavioral tests showed that the celastrol-loaded microspheres effectively alleviated inflammatory pain, and the hematoxylin and eosin staining (HE staining), immunofluorescence and detection of inflammatory cytokines showed the anti-inflammatory effect. These results indicated that the microspheres could reduce dose and toxicity without affecting efficacy, and facilitate the application of celastrol in different clinical situations.