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Direct nose-to-brain transfer of morphine after nasal administration to rats
Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy.
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2006 In: Pharm Res, ISSN 0724-8741 (Print) 1573-904X (Online), Vol. 23, no 3, 565-572 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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2006. Vol. 23, no 3, 565-572 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-95788OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-95788DiVA: diva2:170128
Available from: 2007-04-19 Created: 2007-04-19Bibliographically approved
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1. Olfactory Transfer of Analgesic Drugs After Nasal Administration
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Olfactory Transfer of Analgesic Drugs After Nasal Administration
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Nasal administration of analgesics for achieving rapid pain relief is currently a topic of great interest. The blood-brain barrier (BBB) restricts access to the central nervous system (CNS) for several central-acting drugs, such as morphine and dihydroergotamine, which results in a substantial effect delay. Evidence for the olfactory transfer of drugs from the nasal cavity to the CNS after nasal administration, bypassing the BBB, is available for both animals and humans. The aims of this thesis were to study the olfactory transfer of morphine to the CNS after nasal administration, and to compare the nasal transport of analgesic drugs across nasal respiratory and olfactory mucosa.

In vivo studies in rodents demonstrated that morphine is transferred via olfactory pathways to the olfactory bulbs and the longitudinal fissure of the brain after nasal administration. Further, olfactory transfer of morphine significantly contributed to the early high morphine brain hemisphere concentrations seen after nasal administration to rats. Olfactory transfer was tracked by collecting and analysing brain tissue and blood samples after right-sided nasal administration and comparing the results to the situation after i.v. administration. The olfactory transfer was also visualised by brain autoradiography.

In vitro studies indicated that the olfactory mucosa should not be a major barrier to the olfactory transfer of dihydroergotamine or morphine, since transport of these drugs was no more restricted across the olfactory mucosa than across the nasal respiratory mucosa. The in vitro studies were performed using the horizontal Ussing chamber method. This method was further developed to enable comparison of drug transport across nasal respiratory and olfactory mucosa which cannot be achieved in vivo.

In conclusion, these analgesic drugs showed potential for olfactory transfer, and access to the CNS by this route should be further investigated in humans, especially for the drugs with central effects that are currently under development for nasal administration.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2007. 64 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Pharmacy, ISSN 1651-6192 ; 55
Pharmaceutics, Nasal administration, Olfactory transfer, Olfactory pathways, Central nervous system, Blood-brain barrier, Nasal respiratory mucosa, Olfactory mucosa, Olfactory bulb, Horizontal Ussing chamber, Morphine, Dihydroergotamine, Rat, Mouse, Swine, Autoradiography, Viability, Powder formulations, Galenisk farmaci
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-7829 (URN)978-91-554-6871-2 (ISBN)
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2007-05-11, B41, BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
Available from: 2007-04-19 Created: 2007-04-19 Last updated: 2010-03-23Bibliographically approved

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