Optimization of formulation for enhanced intranasal delivery of insulin with translationally controlled tumor protein-derived protein transduction domain

Hae Duck Bae, Ji Sun Lee, Haejun Pyun, Moonhee Kim, Kyunglim Lee

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Intranasal delivery of insulin is an alternative approach to treat diabetes, as it enables higher patient compliance than conventional therapy with subcutaneously injected insulin. However, the use of intranasal delivery of insulin is limited for insulin’s hydrophilicity and vulnerability to enzymatic degradation. This limitation makes optimization of formulation intranasal insulin for commercial purpose indispensable. This study evaluated bioavailability (BA) of various formulations of insulin intranasally delivered with protein transduction domain (PTD) derived from translationally controlled tumor protein. The therapeutic efficacy of newly formulated intranasal insulin + PTD was compared in vivo studies with normal and alloxan-induced diabetic rats, to those of free insulin and subcutaneously injected insulin. BA of insulin in two new formulations was, respectively, 60.71% and 45.81% of subcutaneously injected insulin, while the BA of free insulin was only 3.34%. Histological analysis of tissues, lactate dehydrogenase activity in nasal fluid, and biochemical analysis of sera revealed no detectable topical or systemic toxicity in rats and mice. Furthermore, stability analysis of newly formulated insulin + PTD to determine the optimal conditions for storage revealed that when stored at 4 °C, the delivery capacity of insulin was maintained up to 7 d. These results suggest that the new formulations of intranasal insulin are suitable for use in diabetes therapy and are easier to administer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)622-628
Number of pages7
JournalDrug Delivery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Korea Drug Development Fund (KDDF) funded by MSIT, MOTIE, and MOHW (KDDF 201402-01), the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and future Planning (2017R1A2B2004023), and by a grant of the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (HI17C0631).

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© 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Drug formulation
  • insulin
  • intranasal delivery
  • protein transduction domain
  • translationally controlled tumor protein


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