Evaluation of ibuprofen loaded solid lipid nanoparticles and its combination regimens for pancreatic cancer chemoprevention

  • Authors:
    • Arvind Thakkar
    • Sushma Chenreddy
    • Jeffrey Wang
    • Sunil Prabhu
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  • Published online on: February 5, 2015     https://doi.org/10.3892/ijo.2015.2879
  • Pages: 1827-1834
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The objective of the present study was to establish the individual and combined chemopreventive potential of a widely used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, ibuprofen (IBU), encapsulated in solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) for the chemoprevention of pancreatic cancer. The IBU SLNs were optimized using various lipids (Stearic acid, Compritol 888 ATO and Tripalmitin) and surfactants (Poloxamer 188, Tween-80). The synergistic effect of combination of IBU with sulforaphane (SFN) was also evaluated. Cell viability studies were conducted followed by colony formation and NF-κB DNA binding assays. The IC50 concentration of free IBU in human pancreatic cancer Panc-1 and MIA PaCa-2 cells were 1.25 and 1.26 mM, respectively. SLN optimization study of IBU revealed stearic acid (1:2 drug to lipid ratio) formulated with Poloxamer 188 to be the most efficacious in cell viability study. Upon encapsulation in SLNs, IC50 concentration of IBU-SLN was 113.8 and 122.6 µM for Panc-1 and MIA PACa-2 cells, respectively, reflecting a 10-fold reduction compared to free IBU. Combinations of low doses of free IBU (250 µM) and SFN (5 µM) reduced cell viability by ~55% (P<0.01), whereas a lower dose of encapsulated IBU-SLN (62.5 µM) and free SFN (5 µM) reduced cell viability by ~80% (P<0.001) for both Panc-1 and MIA PaCa-2 cells. These results reflect 4-fold reduction in IBU-SLN dose in combination compared to free IBU. Moreover, IBU-SLN and free SFN combination reduced number of colonies by ~50% (P<0.01). Further, IBU-SLN and SFN combinations showed down-regulation of DNA binding activity of the p50 subunit of NF-κB. In conclusion, these preliminary results demonstrate the potential of IBU as a chemopreventive agent against pancreatic cancer. Furthermore, when encapsulated in nanotechnology-based SLN delivery systems and delivered in combination with SFN provide evidence of a promising approach for pancreatic cancer prevention and therapy.


Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer deaths in the US with a five-year survival rate of <5%. According to the American Cancer Society, in the US alone it is estimated that 46,420 individuals will be diagnosed with and 39,590 of them will die of pancreatic cancer in 2014 (1). The low survival rate of patients points towards an increased need for novel strategies to combat this deadly disease. The concept of chemoprevention has recently received significant attention as a novel strategy for pancreatic cancer (2,3). Moreover, use of a combination of chemopreventive agents that differ in their mode of action and target multiple pathways has garnered recent attention (4,5). This approach provides a means of low-dose therapy with increased efficacy and less toxicity. However, combination therapy studies specifically for pancreatic cancer prevention are still in its infancy.

Numerous epidemiological and animal studies have suggested that commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin can reduce incidence and mortality of many types of cancer (2,3). More recently, ibuprofen (IBU), also an NSAID, have been reported to inhibit promotion and proliferation of tumors in in vitro and in vivo studies (68). Although promising in its chemopreventive potential, IBU’s adverse effects such as increased gastrointestinal ulceration may prevent long-term use (9,10). Encapsulation within nanoparticle formulations may offer the opportunity to reduce side effects of these drugs while maintaining high efficacy as shown in recent literature (11,12). Lipid nanoparticles with a solid matrix, such as solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) and polymeric nanoparticles are examples of formulations which may be useful in chemoprevention (2,3,13). Nanosized drug delivery systems such as SLNs offer several advantages over conventional delivery system including controlled and sustained release of drugs, ability of the drug to cross the mucosal barriers, decreased renal and hepatic clearance, decreased immune recognition, increased apparent half-lives of drugs, and increased stability and solubility (14,15). However, the most important advantage of SLNs is that they can increase the oral bioavailability of lipophilic drugs. The emerging role of nanoparticles in cancer therapy and chemoprevention justifies a need for further research in this area.

Sulforaphane (SFN) is a naturally occurring sulfur-containing isothiocyanate found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussel’s sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage (16). SFN has been shown to be not only effective in preventing various chemically induced cancers in animal models, but also inhibits the growth of established tumors (1719). SFN has been shown to reduce NF-κB activity and affect expression of NF-κB mediated genes encoding adhesion molecules, inflammatory cytokines, growth factors, and anti-apoptotic factors (20).

In this study, IBU-loaded SLN formulations were optimized by using i) stearic acid, ii) compritol ATO 888 and iii) tripalmitin as the lipid matrices mixed with either a) Poloxamer 188 or b) Tween-80 as the surfactant. Particle size, entrapment efficiency, zeta potential and in vitro drug dissolution rates of the resulting IBU-SLNs were investigated. To date, no other group has investigated the effects of low-dose free IBU, IBU-SLNs or IBU-SLN combined with free SFN on pancreatic cancer cells. Thus, we optimized IBU-SLN formulations to evaluate their combined chemopreventive efficacy in Panc-1 and MIA PaCa-2 human pancreatic cancer cells.

Materials and methods


IBU was obtained from LKT Laboratories (St. Paul, MN, USA). SFN was obtained from Santa Cruz Biotechnology (Santa Cruz, CA, USA). Stearic acid was obtained from JT Baker (Center Valley, PA, USA), tripalmitin from Tokyo Chemical Industry (Tokyo, Japan) and compritol ATO 888 from Gattefossse (France). Poloxamer 188 and Tween-80 was obtained from Spectrum Chemicals (Gardena, CA, USA). HPLC grade acetonitrile was purchased from BDH (Radnor, PA, USA), and ortho-phosphoric acid from Fisher Scientific (Fair Lawn, NJ, USA).

Human pancreatic cancer cell lines

Panc-1 and MIA PaCa-2 cell lines were obtained from ATCC (Rockville, MD, USA). Cells were maintained in Dulbecco’s modified Eagle’s medium (DMEM) containing 10% fetal bovine serum obtained from ATCC. Cells were cultured at 37°C in a humidified atmosphere of 5% CO2 and 95% air.

Preparation of solid lipid nanoparticles

Ibuprofen SLNs were prepared using a hot melt oil-in-water (o/w) emulsion technique. Stearic acid, compritol and tripalmitin lipids were used separately to optimize the nanoparticle formulations. Briefly, 400 mg of each lipid was melted at 70°C. IBU (200 mg) was dissolved in the cooling melted lipid. The water phase consisted of 2% Poloxamer or 2% Tween-80 which was heated to the same temperature as that of the lipid phase. The lipid phase was then added drop wise to the surfactant solution using continuous high sheer homogenization. Thereafter, the mixture was sonicated for 1 min using a probe-sonicator (Branson, Pomona, CA, USA) to form an emulsion. The emulsion was cooled and the resulting IBU-SLNs were freeze-dried in a freeze dryer (Labconco, Kansas City, MO, USA) and subjected to particle size, encapsulation efficiency and zeta-potential determination.

Determination of mean particle size, polydispersity index and zeta potential

The mean particle size (z-average) and polydispersity index (PDI) as a measure of the width of particle size distribution is determined by photon correlation spectroscopy using Zetasizer (Nano ZS 90, Malvern Instruments, Malvern, UK) at 25°C and 90° scattering angle. SLN formulation was diluted with nano-pure water to weaken opalescence before measurements. The surface charge was assessed by measuring zeta potential of SLNs based on the Smoluchowski Equation, using the same equipment at 25°C with electric field strength of 23 V/cm (21).

Determination of % encapsulation efficiency of IBU-SLNs

Encapsulation efficiency was determined by dissolving 10 mg of the SLN formulation in 10 ml acetonitrile solvent. The drug was released from the lipid into acetonitrile and allowed to dissolve freely for 10 min in a sonicator after which it was filtered through a 0.45-μm filter. The resulting solution was further diluted with acetonitrile and was analyzed by using a Shimadzu LC-20 binary HPLC system (Columbia, MD, USA). Caffeine was used as the internal standard.

The entrapment efficiency was calculated using the following formula: EE (%) = Amount (mg) of drug per HPLC method/theoretical yield (mg) ×100.

In vitro drug release from IBU-SLNs

The cumulative release of IBU from SLNs was determined in phosphate buffered saline (PBS), pH 7.4. SLNs containing 5 mg of the IBU-SLNs was suspended in 50 ml of PBS and placed in an incubator at 37°C with a shaking speed of 100 rpm. Drug release from SLN was compared to PBS with blank SLNs. At predetermined time intervals (0, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 6, 12, 24, 48, 72 and 96 h), 1 ml of the buffer was withdrawn and replaced with equivalent volume of fresh buffer. All samples are centrifuged at 5000 rpm for 10 min. The amount of released drug was analyzed using HPLC. The analysis was carried out in triplicate.

Chromatographic analysis of IBU-SLNs

IBU was analyzed using a Shimadzu LC-20 binary HPLC system. The system consists of a Restek Ultra II C-18 column (4.6×150 mm, 5 μm) with mobile phase composed of acetonitrile and 1% ortho-phosphoric acid (60:40). The flow rate was set at 0.5 ml/min and the detection was at 220 nm using a photo diode array detector. The retention time of IBU was 10.7 min.

Cell viability assay

The cell viability assay was performed according to manufacturer’s protocol with the Promega CellTitre 96 Aqueous MTS reagent (Madison, WI, USA). Briefly, 7.5×103 cells were seeded in 96-well plates and incubated overnight. The test compounds IBU and SFN were added and incubated for a period of 72 h. At the end of the incubation period, the growth medium was removed followed by addition of 100 μl media consisting of 20% MTS and 1% of phenazine methosulfate (PMS) and the mixture was incubated for 2 h at 37 °C. MTS is bio-reduced by the cells into formazan which could be measured at 490 nm. Thus, the quantity of formazan product measured by absorbance is directly proportional to the number of living cells in culture. IC50 values were determined using GraphPad Prism software (San Diego, CA, USA). All analysis was performed in triplicate. Each experiment was repeated at least once.

Colony formation assay

Cells (1×104) were seeded into 24-well plates in triplicate per data point. Cells were treated with blank-SLN, IBU-SLN, SFN alone and in combinations IBU-SLN+SFN. Two weeks after treatment, cells were fixed and stained with 0.5% crystal violet (Sigma, St. Louis, MO, USA) in methanol for 5 min. Colonies consisting of 50 or more cells were counted. The percentage cell survival was calculated (Plating efficiency of non-treated cultures = 1).

NF-κB DNA binding assay

The DNA-binding activity of NF-κB was quantified by ELISA, using the TransAM NF-κB p50 transcription factor assay kit (Active Motif, Carlsbad, CA, USA). Briefly, 30 μg of total protein was incubated in a 96-well plates coated with immobilized oligonucleotide for the p50 subunit. NF-κB binding to the target oligonucleotide was detected by incubation with primary antibody specific for the activated form of p50 (active motif), visualized and quantified at 490 nm.

Statistical analysis

GraphPad Prism software was used for statistical analysis and graph plotting. The results are expressed as mean ± SEM and analyzed by one-way ANOVA followed by Tukey’s post-hoc test. The IC50 values were calculated using nonlinear regression and plotted as log (inhibitor) vs. response (variable slope) curve. A probability value of ≤0.05 was considered significant.


Effect of different lipid materials on particle size of IBU-SLNs

A summary of all formulations with their respective preparation conditions and characterization is presented in Table I. In order to optimize IBU-SLN formulations, different lipid materials (stearic acid, Compritol and tripalmitin) were used. In addition, IBU-SLNs were prepared with drug to lipid ratio of 1:2 or 1:4, and either with 2% Poloxamer or 2% Tween-80 in the aqueous phase. In the tested parameters range, we observed that the mean particle diameter (z-average) of IBU-SLNs increased with an increase in lipid concentration from 1:2 (170–543 nm) to 1:4 (335–650 nm). Thus, increase in lipid concentrations resulted in larger particle size. With respect to the use of surfactant, Tween-80 based IBU-SLNs showed smaller particle size (170–450 nm) compared to Poloxamer 188 (390–650 nm) based SLN formulations.

Table I

Optimization of ibuprofen solid lipid nanoparticle (IBU-SLN) formulations.

Table I

Optimization of ibuprofen solid lipid nanoparticle (IBU-SLN) formulations.

LipidSurfactant (2%)Drug:Lipid ratioParticle size (nm)Encapsulation efficiency (% EE)Zeta potential (mV)Polydispersity index (PDI)
Stearic acidTween-801:217063−13.70.3
Poloxamer 1881:248569−13.20.3
Compritol 888 ATOTween-801:229164−0.80.4
Poloxamer 1881:254370.2−13.20.2
Poloxamer 1881:239066−18.40.2
Effect of various formulation parameters on encapsulation efficiency (% EE) of IBU-SLNs

As shown in Table I, the amount of lipid has significant effect on the encapsulation efficiency. There was an increase in % EE from drug to lipid ratio of 1:2 (63–70.2%) to 1:4 (66.4–87%). Specifically, Poloxamer containing SLN formulations showed an increase in % EE (66–87%) compared to Tween-80 (63–69.4%) based SLN formulations.

Effect of ratio of drug to lipid on zeta potential of IBU-SLNs

As shown in Table I, the change of surfactant significantly affected the zeta potential of SLNs. In the case of Poloxamer 188, the zeta-potential charge on SLNs were reduced significantly with drug to lipid ratio of 1:2 (−13.2 to −18.4 mV) to 1:4 (−2.53 to −7.11 mV), whereas there was increase in zeta potential in Tween-80 formulation with drug to lipid ratio from 1:2 (−0.8 to −13.7 mV) to 1:4 (−3.76 to −15.8 mV).

Determination of cell viability of free IBU on pancreatic cancer cells

In order to evaluate the effect of free IBU on pancreatic cancer, the dilution range of IBU (5–5000 μM) were added to Panc-1 and MIA PaCa-2 cells for 72 h. Our observations indicated a dose-dependent reduction in cell viability with IC50 concentrations of 1.25 and 1.26 mM in Panc-1 and MIA PaCa-2 cells, respectively (Table II and Fig. 1).

Table II

The IC50 values of free IBU and IBU-SLNs.

Table II

The IC50 values of free IBU and IBU-SLNs.


DrugSurfactantDrug:lipid ratioPanc-1 cells (IC50 values μM)MIA PaCa-2 cells (IC50 values μM)
IBU-stearic acid SLNsPoloxamer 1881:2113.8122.6
IBU-compritol SLNsPoloxamer 1881:2408.0470.4
IBU-tripalmitin SLNsPoloxamer 1881:2586.0554.3
Effect of IBU-SLN formulation parameters on cell viability of pancreatic cancer cells

To verify the effect of IBU-SLNs, cell viability assay of various formulations were carried out on pancreatic cancer cells. As shown in Fig. 2A, IBU-SLN formulations with Poloxamer as the surfactant and a 1:2 drug to lipid ratio showed that stearic acid based IBU-SLNs demonstrate maximal effect, inhibiting cell proliferation by ~75% compared to blank-SLNs (P<0.001). This formulation showed the lowest IC50 of 113.8 and 122.6 μM in Panc-1 and MIA PaCa-2 cells, respectively. The most striking result emerging from this study was that the IC50 values of IBU-SLNs were at least 10-fold lower than that of free IBU. The Compritol and tripalmitin based SLN formulation showed ~20% decrease in cell viability of pancreatic cancer cells, with IC50 values in the range of 408.0–586.0 μM.

The data in Fig. 2B represents cell viability study with Poloxamer as the surfactant and a 1:4 drug to lipid ratio. Stearic acid based IBU-SLNs inhibited cell viability by ~45% in pancreatic cancer cells (P<0.01). Further analysis showed IC50 values of 399.3 and 348.0 μM in Panc-1 and MIA PaCa-2 cells, respectively. Comparing the two results in Fig. 2A and B, it can be seen that the IBU-SLN formulation with stearic acid as the lipid, Poloxamer as the surfactant and a 1:2 drug to lipid ratio showed significant reduction in cell proliferation thus indicating maximum efficacy; subsequently, these formulations were selected for further studies.

Effect of the combination of IBU-SLN with SFN on pancreatic cancer cells

To examine the effect of combined regimen on cell proliferation, Panc-1 and MIA PaCa-2 cells were treated with low and ineffective concentrations of free-IBU (250 μM) in combination with SFN (5 μM) for 72 h. As shown in Fig. 3A, single agents did not show significant change in cell viability at these concentrations. However, when used in combination at identical concentrations, IBU+SFN showed a significant effect with a reduction in cell viability of ~55% (P<0.01) in Panc-1 and MIA PaCa-2 cells, respectively.

After determining the optimal formulation conditions and dose response curves individually, IBU-SLNs (62.5 μM) and free SFN (5 μM) were selected showing minimal inhibitory response on the cell lines when used individually. However, when IBU SLNs+SFN combinations were used at the same concentrations, the cell viability was reduced by ~80% for Panc-1 and MIA PaCa-2 cells, respectively (P<0.001; Fig. 3B). Thus, the combination of IBU-SLNs and SFN showed 4-fold lower concentration as compared to free IBU in the reduction of cell viability of pancreatic cancer cells.

In vitro evaluation of IBU drug release from IBU-SLNs

The in vitro drug release curve for the IBU-SLN suspension in pH 7.4 phosphate buffer at 37°C is shown in Fig. 4. The drug release exhibited biphasic pattern, a burst drug release followed by sustained drug release. The IBU release was 40% during the first 2 h; subsequently, sustained release of IBU from optimized IBU-SLNs was observed for the next 90 h release period.

Cell colony formation assay of IBU-SLNs

To evaluate long-term efficacy of IBU-SLNs on cell survival, a cell colony assay was performed. The survival fraction of the control group (blank-SLN) was set at 1 (representing 100% cell survival) and the cell survival fraction was calculated based on individual and combination treatment. An evaluation of cell survival on MIA PaCa-2 cells showed survival fractions of 0.82 (IBU), and 0.89 (SFN), whereas IBU-SLN+SFN combination showed significant decrease in the survival fraction of 0.48 (P<0.01) (Fig. 5A). Similar results were observed in the case of Panc-1 with low survival fractions of cells.

Effect of IBU-SLNs in combination with SFN on DNA binding activity of NF-κB

To gain further insight into the mechanism associated with the combination IBU-SLN and SFN, the DNA binding activity of the p50 subunit of the NF-κB complex was evaluated. As shown in Fig. 5B, ~35% decrease was observed in Panc-1 cells with the stearic acid based formulation, whereas MIA PaCa-2 cells showed ~30% (P<0.05) reduction in DNA binding activity of NF-κB compared to blank SLN treatment group.


Early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is difficult because it develops without any early symptoms. Low survival rate of patients with pancreatic cancer makes this disease of great concern (1). Millions of people routinely take aspirin, ibuprofen and other NSAIDs for control of pain and inflammation, or prophylaxis against cardiovascular disease. The widespread use of these compounds has facilitated epidemiological studies about their effect against cancer development. Numerous epidemiological, clinical, and laboratory studies have suggested that IBU, a commonly used NSAID, inhibits the proliferation of various tumors (68). Bonelli et al demonstrated the anti-proliferative effects of IBU on the human gastric cancer cell MKN-45. Free IBU, at concentration of 400–800 μM, could not inhibit cellular proliferation in a time- and dose-dependent manner, but 200 μM IBU-PLGA could significantly inhibit the growth of gastric cancer MKN-45 cells (8). It is important to note that cancer preventive doses should be well below the therapeutic dose for the treatment of inflammatory conditions to avoid long-term toxicity. Hence, part of our current research also focused on the administration of low doses of IBU-SLNs to study its chemopreventive effects against Panc-1 and MIA PaCa-2 pancreatic cancer cells.

Appropriate choice of lipids, surfactants, and their composition affects the particle size of IBU-SLNs, drug encapsulation efficiency, and drug release behavior. Optimal SLN formulation for each drug that can be obtained by investigating the effect of process variables on the characteristics of the SLNs (2224). Particle size analysis of IBU-SLNs revealed that the SLN prepared with higher lipid concentration showed a larger particle size. To establish the effect of surfactant type on SLNs, we used two commonly used surfactants, Poloxamer 188 and Tween-80. We observed a lower particle size in Tween-80 based SLNs compared to Poloxamer SLN formulations. A possible explanation for this difference in particle size may be the effect of hydrocarbon chain length difference of the used surfactants (25). Thus, with regards to particle size, the concentration of lipid and type of emulsifier seem to be important process parameters. The results of % EE indicated that increasing the lipid concentration also increases encapsulation due to the presence of long chain fatty alcohols, which could lead to the less ordered solid lipid matrix and leave enough space to accommodate drug molecules (26). The high % EE can also be attributed to the lipophilic nature of IBU.

Surface charge potential should play an important role in nanoparticle stability due to electrostatic repulsion. Since Poloxamer 188 and Tween-80 are non-ionic surfactants, lipid cores may be responsible for the negative surface charge. The negative charge was likely caused by the slightly ionized fatty acids from glycerides. This may explain the changes in zeta potential produced by the amount of lipid. Patil et al reported that nanoparticle with zeta potential of −43 mV have the highest cellular uptake compared with other formulations with less negative and/or positive surface charge (27,28). Nanoparticles show a high affinity for cellular membrane mainly due to electrostatic interactions (29,30). These findings agree with results obtained in this study that IBU-SLNs with higher negative charge showed greater inhibition of cell viability. From in vitro drug release studies (Fig. 4), we observed that 80% of IBU drug was released in 24 h, while the later phase lasted for 96 h, which correlates with the physiological requirement for humans. For oral administration, both burst release and sustained drug release are of importance to ensure quick efficacy and prolonged drug presence. For our studies, the burst release occurred due to the presence of the free IBU in the external phase and on the surface of the SLNs. The lipophilic nature of the IBU could be the reason for sustained release of the drug from internal lipidic phase after initial burst release.

The cell viability assay showed that both free IBU and IBU-SLNs could significantly suppress cell viability in a dose-dependent manner. The effect of these agents was evaluated by calculating the IC50 values of free IBU and IBU-SLNs. It was observed that IBU-SLNs IC50 concentrations exhibited approximately 10-fold reductions in comparison to the IC50 of free form of IBU. Previous studies have been reported where drug loaded aspirin, curcumin, and sulforaphane SLNs have exhibited better cytotoxicity profile in comparison to the free drug on in vitro and in vivo models of pancreatic cancer (2,4,5). In cell viability assay, DMSO and blank SLNs were used as control for free IBU and IBU-SLNs, respectively. We found that higher concentration of stearic acid (500 μM and above) in blank SLNs showed ~30% reduction in cell viability, thus the cytotoxicity effect of low concentration of IBU-SLNs was confirmed to be because of IBU. The surfactants used as components of SLN, when tested alone at equivalent concentrations used in SLN, did not result in reduction of cell viability. Therefore, cytotoxic effects, induced by SLN formulations containing specific surfactants, did not appear to accrue from the surfactants used.

Single agent administration at low concentrations was demonstrated to be ineffective, hence the hypothesis that two or more chemopreventive agents when delivered at low concentrations together, may exhibit an additive or synergistic effect against the cancer cells was tested. This can be attributed to the multi-factorial nature of carcinogenesis wherein cancer initiates as a result of multiple cellular changes during a prolonged time period. Several in vitro and in vivo studies have shown that NSAIDs like aspirin and celecoxib have helped prevent the progression of pancreatic cancer (2,3133). In our studies, the IC50 value of IBU-SLN was found to be 113.8 μM and 122.6 μM in Panc-1 and MIA PACa-2 cells, respectively. However, studies of ineffective and low dose of IBU-SLN (62.5 μM) combined with SFN (5 μM) exhibited a synergistic effect against the pancreatic cancer cells, proving to be more efficacious at lower concentrations, reducing the concentration of IBU-SLN by 4 times compared to free IBU (250 μM) in combination with SFN. Therefore, using a multi-disciplinary approach, this study investigated the synergistic effects of SLN combinations of chemopreventive agents, namely, IBU-SLN in combination with free SFN.

From these results, we believe that chemoprevention is an effective way to prevent pancreatic cancer especially since the disease cannot be diagnosed at an early stage. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, this study investigated optimized formulation parameters for IBU-SLNs and the synergistic effects of a combination of IBU-SLN with free SFN. We demonstrated that this IBU-SLN combination with SFN showed a synergistic inhibition of cell viability in human pancreatic cancer cells. However, further in vivo studies have to be conducted to test the efficacy of IBU-SLN alone and in combination with SFN. Additionally, to assess the long-term benefits of this regimen, a toxicity safety study would be necessary. In conclusion, the preliminary results obtained from formulation studies and cell based assays clearly demonstrate the translational scope of developing low dose IBU encapsulated SLN formulations to prevent pancreatic cancer.



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Thakkar, A., Chenreddy, S., Wang, J., & Prabhu, S. (2015). Evaluation of ibuprofen loaded solid lipid nanoparticles and its combination regimens for pancreatic cancer chemoprevention. International Journal of Oncology, 46, 1827-1834. https://doi.org/10.3892/ijo.2015.2879
Thakkar, A., Chenreddy, S., Wang, J., Prabhu, S."Evaluation of ibuprofen loaded solid lipid nanoparticles and its combination regimens for pancreatic cancer chemoprevention". International Journal of Oncology 46.4 (2015): 1827-1834.
Thakkar, A., Chenreddy, S., Wang, J., Prabhu, S."Evaluation of ibuprofen loaded solid lipid nanoparticles and its combination regimens for pancreatic cancer chemoprevention". International Journal of Oncology 46, no. 4 (2015): 1827-1834. https://doi.org/10.3892/ijo.2015.2879