Purpose: Pancreatic polypeptide (PP) has important glucoregulatory functions and thereby holds significance in the treatment of diabetes and obesity. However, short plasma half-life and aggregation propensity of PP in aqueous solution, limits its therapeutic application. To address these issues, we prepared and characterized a formulation of PP in sterically stabilized micelles (SSM) that protects and stabilizes PP in its active conformation.
Methods: PP-SSM was prepared by incubating PP with SSM dispersion in buffer. Peptide-micelle association and freeze-drying efficacy of the formulation was characterized in phosphate buffers with or without sodium chloride using dynamic light scattering, fluorescence spectroscopy and circular dichroism. The degradation kinetics of PP-SSM in presence of proteolytic enzyme was determined using HPLC and bioactivity of the formulation was evaluated by in vitro cAMP inhibition study.
Results: PP self-associated with SSM and this interaction was influenced by presence/absence of sodium chloride in the buffer. The formulation was effectively lyophilized, demonstrating feasibility for its long-term storage. The stability of peptide against proteolytic degradation was significantly improved and PP in SSM retained its bioactivity in vitro.
Conclusions: Self-association of PP with phospholipid micelles addressed the delivery issues of the peptide. This nanomedicine should be further developed for the treatment of diabetes.