Solid lipid nanoparticles and microemulsions for drug delivery: The CNS

Maria Rosa Gasco, Lorenzo Priano, Gian Paolo Zara

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The chapter examined solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) and microemulsions, chosen as carriers of drugs, administered in vivo to be transported to the central nervous system. Drugs of different structures and for different therapies have been studied such as doxorubicin SLN stealth and nonstealth administered in rats by intravenous route, apomorphine SLN administered in rats by duodenal route, melatonin SLN administered by transdermal and oral routes in humans, and apomorphine microemulsion administered by transdermal route in Parkinson's patients. The pharmacokinetics of the drug, followed in most studies, put in evidence that the many important pharmacokinetic parameters were notably improved versus the drug alone or in a commercial formulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-192
Number of pages12
JournalProgress in Brain Research
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Central nervous system
  • Drug delivery system
  • Microemulsions
  • Solid lipid nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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