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Current Drug Delivery


ISSN (Print): 1567-2018
ISSN (Online): 1875-5704

Research Article

Investigating Drug Repositioning Approach to Design Novel Prodrugs for Colon-specific Release of Fexofenadine for Ulcerative Colitis

Author(s): Priyanka Singh and Suneela S. Dhaneshwar*

Volume 14, Issue 4, 2017

Page: [543 - 554] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/1567201813666161205160909

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Background: Recent immunologic data implicates involvement of mucosal immune cells of the intestine like eosinophils and mast cells to be functionally involved in the pathogenesis of UC. Mast cell activation is followed by increased secretion and elevated tissue concentration of histamine. Inhibition of mucosal histamine release in colon may be an effective therapeutic approach to treat UC. Some studies report that intestinal inflammation associated with acute and chronic colitis has been ameliorated by fexofenadine in mice.

Objective: In the present work, we investigated the effect of colon- specific prodrugs of antihistaminic fexofenadine on TNBS- induced colitis in Wistar rats, applying the principle of drug repositioning.

Method: Amino acid- appended amide prodrugs of fexofenadine were designed and characterized spectrally. In vitro kinetics and protective effect of prodrugs were studied on TNBS-induced colitis in Wistar rats.

Results: Conjugation with amino acids improved the hydrophilicity of fexofenadine (log P: 0.037 to 0.082) to enable efficient delivery to colon. Prodrugs were chemically and enzymatically stable in aqueous buffers (pH 1.2 and7.4) and stomach homogenates/intestinal homogenates, respectively. Prodrugs were substantially cleaved to release 60-70% of fexofenadine in homogenates of colon in 12 h. Prodrug of fexofenadine with L-glutamine additively and significantly suppressed TNBS-induced colitis showing comparable effects to orally administered 5-aminosalicylic acid.

Conclusion: The outcome of this preliminary work emphasizes involvement of mast cells that release histamine as one of the important pathological inducers of UC. These promising, dual acting, colontargeting fexofenadine prodrugs could be explored further for repositioning fexofenadine in the treatment of UC and its relapse.

Keywords: Amide linkage, amino acid, antihistaminic, fexofenadine, histamine, repositioning, ulcerative colitis.

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