Effect of blood-brain barrier and blood-tumor barrier modification on central nervous system liposomal uptake Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon


  • In this study of 25 central nervous system (CNS) tumor-bearing rats, the CNS biodistribution of intravenously administered, indium-labeled liposomes was investigated. In 16 animals, the blood-brain barrier and blood-tumor barrier were modified using intracarotid administration of etoposide. In control animals, analysis by autoradiography and well-counting experiments demonstrated uptake of liposomes in the tumor-bearing hemisphere (% injected dose/g tissue = 0.135) with minimal uptake in the non-tumor-bearing hemisphere (% injected dose/g tissue = 0.007), p < 0.01. Unilateral intracarotid etoposide administration enhanced liposome uptake in both hemispheres-0.215 and 0.023 (tumor-bearing and nontumor-bearing), respectively. The presence of meningeal tumor involvement in nontumor-implanted hemispheres increased liposomal uptake 10-fold. These findings may have clinical applicability in designing therapeutic protocols for the treatment of CNS tumors.

publication date

  • January 1993



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/07357909309024829

PubMed ID

  • 8462012

Additional Document Info

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  • 118

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  • 28


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