Treating atopic-dermatitis-like skin lesions in mice with gelatin-alginate films containing 1,4-anhydro-4-seleno-D-talitol (SeTal)

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  • Guilherme T. Voss
  • Davies, Michael J.
  • Carl H. Schiesser
  • Renata L. de Oliveira
  • Andresa B. Nornberg
  • Victória R. Soares
  • Angelita M. Barcellos
  • Cristiane Luchese
  • André R. Fajardo
  • Ethel A. Wilhelm

New compounds and pharmacological strategies offer alternatives for treating chronic skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis (AD). Here, we investigated the incorporation of 1,4-anhydro-4-seleno-D-talitol (SeTal), a bioactive seleno-organic compound, in gelatin and alginate (Gel-Alg) polymeric films as a strategy for improving the treatment and attenuation of AD-like symptoms in a mice model. Hydrocortisone (HC) or vitamin C (VitC) were incorporated with SeTal in the Gel-Alg films, and their synergy was investigated. All the prepared film samples were able to retain and release SeTal in a controlled manner. In addition, appreciable film handling facilitates SeTal administration. A series of in-vivo/ex-vivo experiments were performed using mice sensitized with dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB), which induces AD-like symptoms. Long-term topical application of the loaded Gel-Alg films attenuated disease symptoms and pruritus, with suppression of the levels of inflammatory markers, oxidative damage, and the skin lesions associated with AD. Moreover, the loaded films showed superior efficiency in attenuating the analyzed symptoms when compared to hydrocortisone (HC) cream, a traditional AD-treatment, and decreased the inherent drawbacks of this compound. In short, incorporating SeTal (by itself or with HC or VitC) in biopolymeric films provides a promising alternative for the long-term treatment of AD-type skin diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123174
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmaceutics
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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    Research areas

  • 1,4-anhydro-4-seleno-D-talitol, Biomaterials, Drug delivery, Hydrocortisone, Skin diseases, vitamin C

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