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Papers: 27 May 2023 - 2 Jun 2023

Basic Science

Animal Studies, Molecular/Cellular, Neurobiology, Pharmacology/Drug Development

Arthritis, Inflammation/Inflammatory

2023 May 17

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Methyl gallate nanomicelles impairs neutrophil accumulated in zymosan-induced arthritis.


Pereira LM, Gomes-da-Silva NC, Pijeira MSO, Portilho FL, Cordeiro AS, Alencar LMR, Corrêa LB, Henriques MDG, Santos-Oliveira R, Rosas EC


Arthritis is a chronic disease that affects, approximately, 1 % of the total global population. It is characterized by chronic inflammation, accompanied in most of the cases of motor disability and sever pain. The main therapies available have high risk of failure and advanced treatments are scarce and highly cost. In this scenario, search for effective, safe and low-cost treatments is quite desirable. Methyl gallate (MG) is a plant-derived phenolic compound described to present remarkable anti-inflammatory effect in experimental models of arthritis. Thus, in this study we formulated nanomicelles of MG using Pluronic (F-127) as matrix and evaluated in vivo the pharmacokinetic, biodistribution and its effect in the mice model of zymosan-induced arthritis. The nanomicelles were formed with a size 126 nm. The biodistribution showed a ubiquitous tissue deposition with a renal excretion. The pharmacokinetics showed elimination half-life of 1.72 h and a clearance of 0.006 L/h. The oral pretreatment with nanomicelles containing MG (3.5 or 7 mg/kg) demonstrated a reduction in total leukocytes, neutrophils, and mononuclear cells from the inflammation site. The data supports the use of methyl gallate nanomicelles as an alternative drug for arthritis. DATA AVAILABILITY: All the data of this study are transparent.