Platelet lysate mucohadesive formulation to treat oral mucositis in graft versus host disease patients: A new therapeutic approach

Claudia Del Fante, Cesare Perotti, Maria Cristina Bonferoni, Silvia Rossi, Giuseppina Sandri, Franca Ferrari, Luigia Scudeller, Carla Marcella Caramella

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Optimal treatment of oral mucositis (OM) due to graft versus host disease (GvHD) is currently not available. Platelet-derived growth factors (PDGFs) have high capability for tissue healing and may play a role in repairing the mucosal barrier. The aim of the present work was to develop a mucoadhesive formulation to administer platelet lysate to oral cavity prolonging contact time of platelet lysate with oral mucosa. The mucoadhesive formulation was characterized for in vitro properties (PDGF-AB concentration, mucoadhesive properties, cytotoxicity, fibroblast proliferation, wound healing). Moreover, a preliminary clinical study on seven GvHD patients with OM refractory to other therapies was conducted, to evaluate feasibility, safety, and efficacy. GVPL (mucoadhesive gel vehicle mixed with platelet lysate)showed good mucoadhesive properties; additionally, it was characterized by good biocompatibility in vitro on fibroblasts and it was able to enhance fibroblast proliferation and wound healing, maintaining the efficacy for up to 14 days following storage at 2-8°C. In vivo, clinical response was good-to-complete in five, fair in one, none in the remaining one. The in vitro results indicate that GVPL has optimal mucoadhesive and healing enhancer properties, maintained over time (up to 14 days); preliminary clinical results suggest that oral application of platelet lysate-loaded mucoadhesive formulation is feasible, safe, well tolerated, and effective. A larger controlled randomized study is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)893-899
Number of pages7
JournalAAPS PharmSciTech
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011


  • in vitro proliferation and wound healing test
  • in vivo assessment in graft versus host disease
  • mucositis
  • platelet lysate growth factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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