Elucidation of structure-function relationship of THCA and CBDA synthase from Cannabis sativa L.

Journal of Biotechnology

“Cannabinoids are secondary natural products from the plant Cannabis sativa L.

Therapeutic indications of cannabinoids currently comprise a significant area of medicinal research.

We have expressed the Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid synthase (THCAS) and cannabidiolic acid synthase (CBDAS) recombinantly in Komagataella phaffii and could detect eight different products with a cannabinoid scaffold after conversion of the precursor cannabigerolic acid (CBGA).

Besides five products remaining to be identified, both enzymes were forming three major cannabinoids of C. sativa – Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and cannabichromenic acid (CBCA).

These studies lay the groundwork for further research as well as biotechnological cannabinoid production.”

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A stimulus-responsive, in situ-forming, nanoparticle-laden hydrogel for ocular drug delivery

Drug Delivery and Translational Research

“Most medications targeting optic neuropathies are administered as eye drops. However, their corneal penetration efficiencies are typically < 5%.

There is a clear, unmet need for novel transcorneal drug delivery vehicles. To this end, we have developed a stimulus-responsive, in situ-forming, nanoparticle-laden hydrogel for controlled release of poorly bioavailable drugs into the aqueous humor of the eye.

We subsequently tested the efficacy of our formulation in whole-eye experiments by loading the nanoparticles with cannabigerolic acid (CBGA). Our formulation exhibits over a 300% increase in transcorneal penetration over control formulations.

We have successfully developed a stimulus-responsive, in situ-forming, nanoparticle-laden hydrogel for controlled release of poorly bioavailable drugs such as cannabinoids into the aqueous humor of the eye.

Our therapeutic strategy leverages the proven potential of cannabinoids to confer neuroprotection to ganglion cells.

This work paves the way for the introduction of novel products targeting ocular diseases to the market.”

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13346-018-0504-x

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