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1.  pH-Dependent Stability of Creatine Ethyl Ester: Relevance to Oral Absorption 
Journal of dietary supplements  2013;10(3):241-251.
Creatine ethyl ester hydrochloride (CEE) was synthesized as a prodrug of creatine (CRT) to improve aqueous solubility, gastrointestinal permeability, and ultimately the pharmacodynamics of CRT. We used high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to characterize the pH-dependent stability of CEE in aqueous solution and compared the permeability of CEE to CRT and creatinine (CRN) across Caco-2 human epithelial cell monolayers and transdermal permeability across porcine skin. CEE was most stable in a strongly acidic condition (half-life = 570 hours at pH 1.0) where it undergoes ester hydrolysis to CRT and ethanol. At pH ≥ 1.0, CEE cyclizes to CRN with the logarithm of the first order rate constant increasing linearly with pH. Above pH 8.0 (half-life = 23 sec) the rate of degradation was too rapid to be determined. The rate of degradation of CEE in cell culture media and simulated intestinal fluid (SIF) was a function of pH and correlated well with the stability in aqueous buffered solutions. The permeability of CEE across Caco-2 monolayers and porcine skin was significantly greater than that of CRT or CRN. The stability of CEE in acidic media together with its improved permeability suggests that CEE has potential for improved oral absorption compared to CRT.
PMCID: PMC4469200  PMID: 23957855
creatine; creatine ethyl ester; creatinine; stability
2.  Effect of Drug Solubility on Polymer Hydration and Drug Dissolution from Polyethylene Oxide (PEO) Matrix Tablets 
AAPS PharmSciTech  2008;9(2):437-443.
The purpose of the study was to investigate the effect of drug solubility on polymer hydration and drug dissolution from modified release matrix tablets of polyethylene oxide (PEO). Different PEO matrix tablets were prepared using acetaminophen (ACE) and ibuprofen (IBU) as study compounds and Polyox® WSR301 (PEO) as primary hydrophilic matrix polymer. Tablet dissolution was tested using the USP Apparatus II, and the hydration of PEO polymer during dissolution was recorded using a texture analyzer. Drug dissolution from the preparations was dependent upon drug solubility, hydrogel formation and polymer proportion in the preparation. Delayed drug release was attributed to the formation of hydrogel layer on the surface of the tablet and the penetration of water into matrix core through drug dissolution and diffusion. A multiple linear regression model could be used to describe the relationship among drug dissolution, polymer ratio, hydrogel formation and drug solubility; the mathematical correlation was also proven to be valid and adaptable to a series of study compounds. The developed methodology would be beneficial to formulation scientists in dosage form design and optimization.
PMCID: PMC2976924  PMID: 18431663
drug dissolution; modified release; polymer hydration; texture analyzer
3.  Cetirizine from topical phosphatidylcholine-hydrogenated liposomes: Evaluation of peripheral antihistaminic activity and systemic absorption in a rabbit model 
The AAPS Journal  2004;6(3):7-12.
Cetirizine, an effective, minimally sedating, second-generation H1-antihistamine is widely used orally to treat allergic skin disorders. This study was performed to assess the peripheral H1-antihistaminic activity and extent of systemic absorption of cetirizine from liposomes applied to the skin. Cetirizine was incorporated into small unilamellar vesicles (SUV) and multilamellar vesicles (MLV) prepared using L-α-phosphatidylcholine hydrogenated (HPC), and into Glaxal Base (GB) as the control. In a randomized, crossover study, each formulation, containing 10 mg of cetirizine, was applied to the depilated backs of 6 rabbits (3.08±0.05 kg). Histamine-induced wheal tests and blood sampling were performed before cetirizine application and at designated times for up to 24 hours afterwards. Compared with baseline, histamine-induced wheal formation was suppressed by cetirizine in SUV only at 24 hours, in MLV from 0.5 to 24 hours, and in GB from 0.5 to 8 hours (P<.05). Wheal suppression by cetirizine in SUV at 24 hours (91.7%±5.2%) and in MLV from 1 to 24 hours (93.8%±2.2% to 76.2%±6.5%) was greater than in GB (36.5%±7.4% to 60.6%±14.2%) from 1 to 24 hours (P<.05). Faster onset, as well as greater and more persistent suppression was obtained from cetirizine in MLV. Plasma cetirizine concentrations from MLV (area under the curve [AUC] of 221.2±42.3 were lower than from GB (AUC of 248.3±34.6 In this model, cetirizine from MLV had excellent topical H1-antihistamine activity, while systemic exposure was reduced, compared with cetirizine from GB.
PMCID: PMC2751243  PMID: 18465266
cetirizine; L-α-phosphatidylcholine hydrogenated; liposomes; antihistamine; rabbit's skin
4.  Hydroxyzine from topical phospholipid liposomal formulations: Evaluation of peripheral antihistaminic activity and systemic absorption in a rabbit model 
AAPS PharmSci  2003;5(4):41-48.
Hydroxyzine, an effective but sedating H1-antihistamine is given orally to treat allergic skin disorders. This study was performed to assess the peripheral H1-antihistaminic activity and extent of systemic absorption of hydroxyzine from liposomes applied to the skin. Using L-α-phosphatidylcholine (PC), small unilamellar vesicles (SUVs) and multilamellar vesicles (MLVs) containing hydroxyzine were prepared. Hydroxyzine in Glaxal Base (GB) was used as the control. Using a randomized, crossover design, each formulation, containing 10 mg of hydroxyzine, was applied to the shaved backs of 6 rabbits (3.08±0.05 kg). Histamine-induced wheal tests and blood sampling were performed at designated time intervals up to 24 hours. Compared with baseline, hydroxyzine from all formulations significantly suppressed histamine-induced wheal formation by 75% to 95% for up to 24 hours. Mean maximum suppression, 85% to 94%, occurred from 2 to 6 hours, with no differences among the formulations. The areas of plasma hydroxyzine concentration versus time area under the curve (AUCs) from PC-SUV and PC-MLV, 80.1±20.8 and 78.4±33.9 ng/mL/h, respectively, were lower than that from GB, 492±141 ng/mL/h (P<.05) over 24 hours. Plasma concentrations of cetirizine arising in-vivo as the active metabolite of hydroxyzine, from PC-SUV, PC-MLV, and GB, were similar with AUCs of 765±50, 1035±202, and 957±227 ng/mL/h, respectively (P<.05). Only 0.02% to 0.06% of the initial hydroxyzine dose remained on the skin after 24 hours. In this model, hydroxyzine from SUV and MLV had excellent topical H1-antihistaminic activity, and minimal systemic exposure occurred. Cetirizine formed in-vivo contributed to some of H1-antihistaminic activity.
PMCID: PMC2750990  PMID: 15198516
hydroxyzine; L-α-phosphatidylcholine; liposomes; antihistamine; skin; rabbit

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