Reconstituted epithelial tissues and native cornea: A comparison of the influence of surfactants on ocular permeability

  • Erica Zucchetti | erica.zucchetti@phd.unipi.it Department of Pharmacy, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
  • Daniela Monti Department of Pharmacy, University of Pisa, Pisa; Italian Inter-University Centre for the promotion of the 3Rs in teaching and research, Italy.
  • Patrizia Chetoni Department of Pharmacy, University of Pisa, Pisa; Italian Inter-University Centre for the promotion of the 3Rs in teaching and research, Italy.
  • Silvia Tampucci Department of Pharmacy, University of Pisa, Pisa; Italian Inter-University Centre for the promotion of the 3Rs in teaching and research, Italy.
  • Susi Burgalassi Department of Pharmacy, University of Pisa, Pisa; Italian Inter-University Centre for the promotion of the 3Rs in teaching and research, Italy.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to prepare an artificial rabbit corneal epithelium (RRCE) to compare with a human corneal epithelial model and excised rabbit cornea through permeation studies to investigate differences of surfactants influence on ocular permeability of a lipophilic compound. First solubility assays with different surfactants were performed and the integrity of the RRCE was assessed by measuring transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER). The permeation parameters showed that the RRCE was more sensitive than native cornea and human cornal epithelial model to the effect of permeation enhancers.

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Published
2020-02-14
Keywords:
Rabbit Cornea, reconstituted epithelial tissues, rabbit corneal epithelial cells, permeation studies, RCE
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Zucchetti, E., Monti, D., Chetoni, P., Tampucci, S., & Burgalassi, S. (2020). Reconstituted epithelial tissues and native cornea: A comparison of the influence of surfactants on ocular permeability. Biomedical Science and Engineering, 3(s3). https://doi.org/10.4081/bse.2019.123