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Biomed Mater Eng. 2010;20(3):235-42. doi: 10.3233/BME-2010-0637.

Evaluation of intra-articular delivery of hyaluronic acid functionalized biopolymeric nanoparticles in healthy rat knees.

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Physiopathologie, Pharmacologie et Ingénierie Articulaires, UMR 7561 CNRS UHP, Nancy, France.


The aim of this study is to evaluate the toxicity of nanoparticles of poly(D,L-lactic acid) (PLA) or poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) covered by chemically esterified amphiphilic hyaluronate (HA) which will be used for intra-articular injection as a drug carrier for the treatment of arthritis (RA) and/or osteoarthritis (OA). PLA and PLGA are FDA approved polymers that are already used for the preparation of nano or microparticles. HA is a natural polysaccharide already present in the articulations known to interact with the CD44 receptors of the cells (especially chondrocytes). Therefore, we can envisage that the HA covering can improve the interactions between the cells and the nanoparticles, leading to better targeting or biodistribution. The knee of healthy male rats was injected one to two times weekly, with various concentrations of nanoparticles encapsulating Dextran-FITC. The synovial membranes and the patellae were collected aseptically and histologically analyzed to assess the effects and localization of the nanocapsules in the knee joint. We did not observe significant modifications in the synovial membranes (weak hyperplasia) or patellae integrity after local administration of nanodevices into the rats. While we found some nanoparticles in the synovial membrane, none were detected in the patellae. Moreover, the histological observations for patellae were confirmed by radiosulfate intake, which depicted no decrease in proteoglycans biosynthesis in nanoparticles treated animals. Concerning the safety towards synovial membranes, we also had a look at the inflammatory response after injections of nanoparticles covered by amphiphilic HA or polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) by monitoring the mRNA expression levels of some specific early cytokines (IL-1β and TNF-α). Once again, no differences were observed between the control rats and the rats treated with nanoparticles. Considering these preliminary results obtained in healthy rats, we can establish that neither the amphiphilic HA-covered PLGA nanoparticles nor their degradation products induce major modifications of articular tissues functions, while injected into the knee of healthy rats. These results should be confirmed in OA or RA rat models, in order to confirm that nanoparticles do not worsen already altered (degenerative or inflamed) articular tissues. Once confirmed, such tuneable nanoparticles could be proposed as a safe drug delivery system for the treatment of articular disease, allowing a wide range of encapsulating molecules.

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