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The purpose of our study was to develop a microemulsion-based in situ ion-sensitive gelling system for intranasal administration of curcumin. A new microemulsion composition for curcumin was optimized with the simple lattice design. And the microemulsion-based in situ ion-sensitive gelling system consisted of Capryol 90 as oil phase, Solutol HS15 as surfactant, Transcutol HP as cosurfactant and 0.3% DGG solution as water phase. The physicochemical properties such as morphology, droplet size distribution, zeta value and the in vitro release were investigated. In addition, the histological section studies on the reaction between the obtained formulation and nasal mucosa showed that the microemulsion-based in situ ion-sensitive gelling system could not produce obvious damage to nasal mucosa. The pharmacokinetics results showed that the absolute bioavailability of curcumin in the microemulsion-based in situ ion-sensitive gelling system was 55.82% by intranasal administration. And the brain targeting index (BTI) was 6.50, and in the tissue distribution experiment, the value of (AUC(brain)/AUC(blood)) following intranasal administration was higher than that following intravenous administration, suggesting that the obvious brain targeting property by nasal delivery be attributed to a direct nose-to-brain drug transport. It can be concluded that the microemulsion-based in situ gelling as an effective and safe vehicle could greatly enhance the in vivo absorption and facilitate the delivery of curcumin to brain by intranasal administration.

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Shuang Wang, Ping Chen, Lin Zhang, Chunfen Yang, Guangxi Zhai. Formulation and evaluation of microemulsion-based in situ ion-sensitive gelling systems for intranasal administration of curcumin. Journal of drug targeting. 2012 Dec;20(10):831-40

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