In vivo brain electrophoresis-a novel method for chemotherapy of CNS diseases

Mario Ammirati, Tariq Lamki, Girish Chitnis, Xiangyu Yang, Duncan Russell, Dondrae Coble, Balveen Kaur, Michael Knopp, Sarah Moore, Babak Ziaie

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Objective: The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a protective mechanism that does its job superbly. So much so, that hitherto, brain chemotherapy has been limited by it. In fact, very few agents are effective against brain disease due to the inherent difficulties of penetrating the BBB. We describe a novel, extremely focused method for delivering drugs to specific diseased areas. This innovative method directly delivers putative substances to the pathological area, bypassing the BBB. Treatment of brain diseases could be improved by targeted, controlled delivery of therapeutic substances to diseased cerebral areas. Our described novel method-in vivo electrophoresis-achieves this.Methods: This technique was evaluated in beagles after craniotomy was performed and a custom-designed plate with electrodes inserted. The delivery of charged substances to selected areas with predictably guided movement was achieved via a created electrical field. Gadolinium, a compound unable to cross the BBB, was injected intracerebrally whereas an electrical field was created using the implanted electrodes surrounding the injection area. The electrical field-guided Gadolinium movement was evaluated using MRI.Results: Gadolinium was moved predictably using the created electrical field without complications.Conclusions: The experiment successfully demonstrated controlled movement of the substance. This technique can significantly change treatment of brain diseases because substances: i) may be moved in a controlled, predictable way-exponentially increasing therapeutic interactions with the target; and ii) no longer need to conform to constraints dictated by the BBB (molecular mass < 500 d; lipophilic), thereby increasing potential number of usable substances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-734
Number of pages8
JournalExpert Opinion on Drug Delivery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Blood-brain barrier
  • Drug delivery
  • Glioblastoma multiforme
  • Novel method
  • Stereotactic chemotherapy
  • in vivo electrophoresis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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