Most drugs are greatly stopped by the blood-brain barrier
Drugs applied to the olfactory nerves can bypass the blood-brain barrier
The 2018 study describes how hydrogels could apply drugs to the olfactory nerves
Inhaled Vitamin D inhaled thru the nose do not need hydrogels
There are 250 square meters of nose & lung to get Vitamin D into the blood
which is 8X the suface area of the gut
- The lungs can activate vitamin D locally – a Vitamin D inhaler may help lungs – Aug 2016
- Liposomal Vitamin D cocktail targets some lung cancers – June 2018
- Nanoemulsion Vitamin D may be a substantially better form
- Lung cells activate Vitamin D, without liver or kidney – Nov 2016
- Perhaps the tissues of the nose and the brain can also activate Vitamin D
|Area: square meters|
|Nasal passages which include microvilli|
But probably low absorption efficiency
|Small Intestines |
- where oral Vitamin D is absorbed
In Situ-Based Gels for Nose to Brain Delivery for the Treatment of Neurological Diseases - March 2018
Blessing Atim Aderibigbe
Department of Chemistry, University of Fort Hare, Alice Campus, Eastern Cape, Alice 5700, South Africa; baderibigbe at ufh.ac.za
In situ-based gel drug delivery systems that can bypass the blood-brain barrier, deliver the therapeutics to the desired site, reduce peripheral toxicity and control drug release kinetics have been developed. Some of the therapeutics used to treat neurological diseases suffer from poor bioavailability. Preclinical reports from several researchers have proven that the delivery of drugs to the brain via the nose-to-brain route using in situ gels holds great promise. However, safety issues on the toxicity of the nasal mucosa, transportation of the drugs to specific brain regions and determination of the required dose are factors that must be considered when designing these gels. This review will be focused on in situ-based gels that are used for the delivery of therapeutics via the nose-to-brain route, preclinical reports and challenges.
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Blessing A. Aderibigbe blessingaderibigbe at gmail.com and Tobeka Naki
Department of Chemistry, University of Fort Hare, Alice Campus, Eastern Cape 5700, South Africa
Portion of table of possible drugs
Intranasal administration of therapeutics using nanogels can bypass BBB resulting in good drug uptake in the brain with excellent neuroprotective effect. Nanogels have been reported to be useful in the enhanced delivery of insulin to the brain resulting in a significant amount of the insulin in the anterior and cerebellar regions of the mouse brain. The result revealed that nanogel is a potential carrier for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer disease resulting in improved cognitive performances and brain function. Nanogels are also useful for administration of antipsychotic drugs with poor bioavailability via intranasal route for the treatment of schizophrenia. The nature of the polymer used to prepare the gel influenced the drug dissolution rate in release medium, its ability to adhere to mucosal tissues and its capacity to transiently open the tight junctions influenced the drug absorption of the drug from the nanoparticles on administration of the formulation intranasally. Nanogels are also potential carrier for the delivery of therapeutics with rapid nasal mucociliary clearance. Incorporation of anti-migraine drug, lidocaine hydrochloride that is characterized by rapid nasal mucociliary clearance resulted in an improved bioavailability of drug in vivo.
Nanogels have also been employed for the delivery of anti-depression drug resulting in a high brain/blood ratio of the drug after administration of the formulation intranasally. The olfactory and trigeminal nerve systems are involved in the nose to brain transportation of drugs to the olfactory bulb or trigeminal region in which the drug enter into other brain regions by diffusion thereby bypassing systematic circulation. Nanogels are effective as targeted carriers that protect vaccine antigens from degradation in vivo and also act as a vaccine delivery. The advantages of nanogels as vaccine delivery systems are their good loading capacity, stability and non-toxicity. The vaccine formulations of nanogels induced antibody responses which are useful for protection against viral, bacterial and lifestyle diseases. The formulation induced humoral and cellular immune response. The formulations were not transported to the brain revealing the safety of nanogels. Despite the great potentials of nanogels in drug delivery and in vaccine formulations, most of the reports are preclinical studies indicating that there is a need for these formulations to reach clinical studies. Major advances in the development of nanogel-based vaccines and drug delivery systems can be expected in the near future. However, a detailed evaluation of the current vaccines and a good understanding of disease pathology and biomaterials will provide targeted and effective delivery systems for preventive and therapeutic applications.
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Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, Vol 5, 2008 #10, Pages 1159-1168, https://doi.org/10.1517/17425247.5.10.1159
Hongbing Wu, Kaili Hu & Xinguo Jiang
The unique relationship between nasal cavity and cranial cavity tissues in anatomy and physiology makes intranasal delivery to the brain feasible. An intranasal delivery provides some drugs with short channels to bypass the blood–brain barrier (BBB), especially for those with fairly low brain concentrations after a routine delivery, thus greatly enhancing the therapeutic effect on brain diseases. In the past two decades, a good number of encouraging outcomes have been reported in the treatment of diseases of the brain or central nervous system (CNS) through nasal administration.
In spite of the significant merit of bypassing the BBB, direct nose-to-brain delivery still bears the problems of low efficiency and volume for capacity due to the limited volume of the nasal cavity, the small area ratio of olfactory mucosa to nasal mucosa and the limitations of low dose and short retention time of drug absorption. It is crucial that selective distribution and retention time of drugs or preparations on olfactory mucosa should be enhanced so as to increase the direct delivery efficiency.
In this article, we first briefly review the nose-to-brain transport pathways, before detailing the impacts on them, followed by a comprehensive summary of effective methods, including formulation modification, agglutinant-mediated transport and a brain-homing, peptide-mediated delivery based on phage display screening technique, with a view to providing a theoretic reference for elevating the therapeutic effects on brain diseases.
- Loss of smell may be related to low Zinc or perhaps low vitamin D VitaminDWiki
- Olfactory bulb Wikipedia
Image of Olfactory Bulb from the web