Liposomal corticosteroids for the treatment of inflammatory disorders and cancer

B. Ozbakir, B.J. Crielaard, Josbert Maarten Metselaar, Gerrit Storm, Twan Gerardus Gertudis Maria Lammers

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Glucocorticoids (GC) are known for their potent immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties. As a consequence, they have been extensively used for the treatment of many different diseases. Prolonged and/or high-dose GC therapy, however, generally comes with severe side effects, resulting not only from their very diverse mechanism(s) of action, but also from their relatively poor biodistribution. Drug delivery systems, and in particular liposomes, have been extensively used to enhance the biodistribution and the target site accumulation of GC, and to thereby improve the balance between their efficacy and their toxicity. Many different types of liposomes have been employed, and both local and systemic treatments have been evaluated. We here summarize the progress made in the use of liposomal GC formulations for the treatment of asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancer, and we show that the targeted delivery of GC to pathological sites holds significant clinical potential
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)624-636
JournalJournal of controlled release
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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