Vegetable Oil-based Hybrid Submicron Particles Loaded with JMV5038: A Promising Formulation against Melanoma

J Pharm Sci 2020 Oct 15;S0022-3549(20)30611-0.

Koceïla Doufène, Yohan Malki, Laure-Anaïs Vincent, Pierre Cuq, Jean-Marie Devoisselle, Nicolas Masurier and Anne Aubert-Pouëssel


The aim of this work was to carry out a preformulation study on JMV5038 as a new potent cytotoxic agent, and to develop its formulation within vegetable oil-based hybrid submicron particles (HNP) in order to obtain a versatile dosage form against melanoma. JMV5038 was first characterized through physico-chemical tests and it exhibited high melting point and logP value, an important pH-sensitivity that led to the formation of well-identified degradation products at low pH, as well as a substantial solubility value in silylated castor oil (ICO). Then, JMV5038-loaded HNP were formulated through a thermostabilized emulsion process based on the sol-gel cross-linking of ICO. They showed high loading efficiency and their in vitro release kinetic assessed in a biorelevant PBS/octanol biphasic system showed a constant sustained release over one month. The cytotoxic activity and cytocompatibility of HNP were evaluated on A375 melanoma cells and NIH 3T3 cells, respectively. JMV5038-loaded HNP exhibited a slightly enhanced cytotoxic activity of JMV5038 on melanoma cells while demonstrating their safety on NIH 3T3 cells. In conclusion, JMV5038-loaded HNP proved to be an efficient and safe drug subcutaneous delivery system that will be interesting to evaluate through preclinical studies.