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Title:  Extracts of celery seed for the prevention and treatment of pain, inflammation and gastrointestinal irritation

United States Patent:  6,761,913

Issued:  July 13, 2004

Inventors:  Butters; Desley Ethel (Stones Corner, AU); Davis; Craig Kendall Charles (Chapel Hill, AU); McGeary; Ross Peter (St Lucia, AU); Powanda; Michael Christopher (Mill Valley, CA); Rainsford; Kim Drummond (Baslo, GB); Whitehouse; Michael Wellesley (Stones Corner, AU)

Assignee:  International Celery Development Alliance PTY. Ltd. (Queensland, AU)

Appl. No.:  421202

Filed:  April 22, 2003

Abstract

Biologically active extracts of celery seed are produced by controlled ethanolic extraction, distillation and drying, and further processing by supercritical fluid extractions (SFE), and may be further fractionated by column fractionation, distillation, LiAlH reduction and the like. These extracts possess activity for the treatment and prevention of acute and chronic pain, inflammation and gastrointestinal irritation.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Compositions and methods are provided for the prevention and treatment of pain, inflammation and gastrointestinal irritation. The compositions comprise a purified, biologically active extract of celery seed, and may further be co-formulated with an additional analgesic or anti-inflammatory compound, e.g. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), herbal medicines, etc. The compositions may be formulated for use in oral or topical preparations. Preparations of interest include pharmaceutical preparations, foods, lotions, and the like.

In a preferred embodiment, the biologically active extract of celery seed is prepared by supercritical fluid extraction. An alcoholic extract of fresh celery seed is mixed with a suitable adsorbant, and then subjected to supercritical fluid extraction. Optionally, the resulting product is further treated or fractionated. This product may be prepared in a pharmaceutical formulation for treatment of inflammation, pain, and/or gastrointestinal irritation.

In one embodiment of the invention, a biologically active formulation of celery seed extract is administered to provide a gastroprotective effect, or for the healing of gastrointestinal ulcers. In another embodiment of the invention, a combined formulation with an NSAID reduces or prevents gastrointestinal irritation associated with the NSAID activity. Such a combined formulation with an NSAID may also provide for a synergistic treatment of inflammation and pain.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Purified extracts of celery seed are provided for use in pharmaceuticals to treat pain, inflammation and gastrointestinal irritation. These extracts may also be co-formulated with other analgesic or anti-inflammatory compounds, e.g. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), herbal, medicines, etc. In particular, the purified extracts are used in methods to relieve acute, as well as chronic pain and inflammation, and to provide gastroprotection, e.g. against drug-induced gastrotoxicity, ulcer healing, etc.

A preferred celery seed extract is produced by supercritical fluid extraction of the starting product. This supercritical fluid extract is characterized by a 5-10 fold increase in specific activity when tested in an experimental model of polyarthritis which was induced in rats by injecting a mycobacterial arthritogenic adjuvant, Whitehouse et al. (1997) Inflammopharmacology 5:237-246. This supercritical fluid extract also includes more highly purified fractions derived therefrom. In addition to the biological activities described above, the supercritical extract can be used at doses comparable to existing NSAIDs to provide relief from acute pain in as little as a single dose.

This invention includes biologically active celery seed extracts having anti-inflammatory activity wherein a dose of 80 mg/kg, preferably of 50 mg/kg, also preferably of 30 mg/kg, also preferably of 20 mg/kg, also preferably of 10 mg/kg, also preferably of 5 mg/kg, of the extract exhibits the same or greater anti-inflammatory activity as 300 mg/kg of aspirin in the anti-inflammatory animal model disclosed in Whitehouse et al., (1997) Inflammopharmocology 5:237-246 (hereinafter "the Whitehouse anti-inflammatory animal model").

This invention includes biologically active celery seed extracts having analgesic activity wherein a dose of 80 mg/kg, preferably of 50 mg/kg, also preferably of 30 mg/kg, also preferably 20 mg/kg, also preferably of 10 mg/kg, also preferably of 5 mg/kg, of the extract exhibits the same or greater analgesic activity as 50 mg/kg, preferably as 100 mg/kg, also preferably as 200 mg/kg, of ibuprofen in the analgesic animal model disclose in Randall and Sellito (1957) Arch. Int. Pharmacodyn. Ther. 111: 409-419 (hereinafter "the Randall and Sellito analgesic animal model).

This invention includes biologically active celery seed extracts having gastroprotective activity wherein a dose of 80 mg/kg, preferably of 50 mg/kg, also preferably of 30 mg/kg, also preferably of 20 mg/kg, also preferably of 10 mg/kg, also preferably of 5 mg/kg, of the extract reduces by at least about 50%, preferably by at least 70%, the number of gastric lesions elicited by a probing dose of ibuprofen in the gastroprotection animal model disclosed in Rainsford and Whitehouse (1992). J Pharm. Pharmacol. 44:476-482 (hereinafter "the Rainsford and Whitehouse gastroprotection animal model.

This invention also includes biologically active celery seed extracts having combinations of both the anti-inflammatory and/or pain activity and the gastroprotective activity disclosed in the previous three paragraphs.

Before the present invention is described, it is to be understood that this invention is not limited to the particular embodiments described, as such methods, devices, and formulations may, of course, vary. It is also to be understood that the terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only, and is not intended to limit the scope of the present invention which will be limited only by the appended claims.

It must be noted that as used herein and in the appended-claims, the singular forms "a," "an," and "the" include plural referents unless the context clearly dictates otherwise, and includes reference to equivalent steps and methods known to those skilled in the art.

Unless defined otherwise, all technical and scientific terms used herein have the same meaning as commonly understood by one of ordinary skill in the art to which this invention belongs. Although any methods and materials similar or equivalent to those described herein can be used in the practice or testing of the present invention, the preferred methods and materials are now described. All publications mentioned herein are incorporated herein by reference to disclose and describe the specific methods and/or materials in connection with which the publications are cited.

The publications discussed herein are provided solely for their disclosure prior to the filing date of the present application. Nothing herein is to be construed as an admission that the present invention is not entitled to antedate such publication by virtue of prior invention. Further, the dates of publication provided may be different from the actual publication dates which may need to be independently confirmed.

Definitions

Biologically active celery seed extract: as used herein, the term biologically active celery seed extract (CSE) generically refers to a natural product derived from celery seed, or a pharmaceutically active equivalent thereof, which is active in suppressing inflammation, reducing pain, and/or protecting from gastrointestinal irritation. Where specific extracts or fractions thereof are intended, they may be referred to specifically, for example an alcoholic extract (A-CSE), supercritical fluid extract (S-CSE), etc., as will be described below. The biological activity may be determined by the use of various assays, as known in the art. For some purposes, e.g. in the treatment of gastrointestinal irritation, an alcohol extract of fresh celery seed (A-CSE) may be used. Generally, however, such an alcoholic extract is further refined by supercritical fluid extraction (S-CSE), and may then be additionally treated, as described herein.

Assays for determination of biological activity include animal models for pain, inflammation, and gastroprotection. For example, a suitable animal model for evaluating anti-inflammatory activity is described by Whitehouse et al. (1999) Inflammopharmacology 7:89-105. In an exemplary assay, polyarthritis was initiated by injecting 800 .mu.g of heat-killed Mycobacterium tuberculosis suspended in squalene into the tail vein of rats. Activity of disease was assessed by measuring the swelling of all four paws with a micrometer screw gauge. An overall arthritis score was independently assessed. In order to be considered biologically active as an anti-inflammatory agent, the extract will usually have an activity greater than or equal to 300 mg/kg of aspirin in such an assay. For A-CSE, significant biological activity has been shown at about 100-350 mg/kg. For S-CSE significant biological activity comparable to NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, are seen at a dose of less than about 50 mg/kg, and may-be seen at a dose of less than about 10 mg/kg in this assay.

An exemplary assay for pain is described by Randall L O and Selilito J J, Arch Int Pharmacodyn Ther. 1957:111:409-419.

Suitable assays for gastroprotection include, inter alia, those described by Rainsford and Whitehouse (1992) J. Pharm. Pharmacol. 44:476-482. This model comprises oral or parenteral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) given to rats whose gastrointestinal mucosa is pre-sensitized by prior development of arthritis or oleyl alcohol-induced inflammation. The animals are pre-sensitized by injection of an arthritogenic adjuvant or 0.1 ml oleyl alcohol 5 days prior to the assay. The animals are then fasted for 16 hours and given a standard dose of 50 mg/kg ibuprofen free acid or Nurofen.RTM.. A biologically active celery seed extract will reduce the number of haemorrhagic lesions in such an animal model by at least about 50%, usually by at least about 70%. Co-administration of the celery extract in doses of not more than about 150 mg/kg of A-CSE or not more than about 20 mg/kg of S-CSE, administered in a volume of 10 ml/kg, consistently reduced by 70 percent the mean number of gastric lesions elicited by the Ibuprofen at this probing dose (50 mg/kg).

Alcoholic celery seed extract (A-CSE): is a commercially available concentrated extract of fresh (green) celery seed, such as that supplied by Beagle International Pty. Ltd., Nerang, Qld. Australia, as a pungent green paste (GP). Methods for the production of such a green paste are described in Indian process patent A.P.R. No. 445/M/94, issued May 27, 1994.

Briefly, celery is purposely grown in the Punjab Northern India for its seed. Harvesting and winnowing is carried out mechanically. The seeds are plate ground, for bruising, cracking, or fracturing , but with care not to destroy the seed. Extraction takes place in a stainless steel "kettle" extractor, or any other lined vessel for a minimum of 72 hours. Alcohols such as isopropylalcohol, ethanol or methanol, grade IP/BP/USP are used, commonly in a ratio of 1 part seed to not less than 3 parts nor more than 10 parts alcohol by weight of plant material to solvent. During the extraction time agitation of the mixture is preferred.

The solvent rich material is removed from vessels and distillation is carried out under vacuum at a temperature between 30 and 60oC. in a vacuum between 300 to 750 mm mercury, to produce the crude extract. This extract is dried at 30 to 35oC. and at a pressure of 650 to 750 mm of mercury which conditions will normally give the optimum dryness. This drying process generally takes between 10 and 24 hours.

Supercritical Fluid Extraction. The alcoholic celery seed extract described above may be further purified by supercritical fluid extraction, to yield a product termed S-CSE (supercritical fluid celery seed extract), which term also includes fractions derived therefrom, as described below. Supercritical fluid extraction methods are known in the art. Generally, above a critical temperature (Tc) and pressure (Pc) a vapor and a liquid of the same substance have the same density. In this state the fluid cannot be liquified by further increasing the pressure. A supercritical fluid state results when the substance is maintained at its Tc and Pc whereby a transition from gas/liquid to supercritical liquid occurs. For example, a description of the phase changes in the gas (CO2) and the conditions at which the gas becomes a supercritical fluid (SCF) are described in U.S. Pat. No. 4,749,522. The supercritical fluid extraction of plant materials is described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,252,729.

An apparatus for supercritical extraction is made up of an extraction cell that is housed in a chamber for controlling temperatures and exit pressures. The supercritical fluid (i.e. extracting mobile phase) is pumped into the extraction cell through a pressure regulating restrictor and into a vessel which serves as a trap. Pressure is maintained by back pressure regulators. As the supercritical fluid passes through the plant material containing the desired compound, the supercritical fluid removes the compound from the plant material. As the supercritical fluid containing the desired compound leaves the chamber, fluid transforms into gas, which passes through or is injected (i.e. bubbled) into a trapping vessel. The desired compounds extracted from the plant material are concentrated in the trapping vessel.

Representative extracting (solvating) mobile phase components of interest in the present invention include the elemental gases such as helium, argon, nitrogen and the like; inorganic compounds such as ammonia, carbon dioxide, water and the like; organic compounds such as C-1 to C-5 alkanes or alkyl halides such as monofluoro methane, butane, propane, carbon tetrachloride, and the like; or combinations of any of the above. A supercritical fluid can be modified by the addition of inorganic and/or organic compounds as listed above, called modifiers. By determining the known properties of the desired compound as well as the gas specifications, including supercritical temperatures and pressures, one of ordinary skill in the art can select those components or any combinations thereof suitable for the extraction process.

The plant material is contacted with the supercritical fluid at temperatures ranging from about 30oC. to about 300oC., preferably from about 30 to 40oC. The pressure employed should be sufficient to maintain the supercritical fluid, and can be increased from ambient atmosphere pressure to about 400 atmospheres or more, preferably between about 100 and 300 atmospheres. Preferably, the apparatus is programmed to maintain slow incremental increases in pressure to achieve extraction of the compound from the plant material.

In a preferred embodiment, the A-CSE which may be admixed with an adsorbent, e.g. a diatomaceous earth, for further processing by supercritical fluid extractions (SFE). Usually the supercritical fluid used to further purify the A-CSE is carbon dioxide which may be admixed with methanol. Typically, after using liquid carbon dioxide to extract sorbed A-CSE, a pungent amber liquid (S-CSE) is obtained representing approximately 15% (w/w) of the original A-CSE. Typically SFE results in a 5-10 fold increase in specific activity (Table 2) when starting with A-CSE.

Additional Processing. The S-CSE may be further processed to give various subfractions by distillation, hydrogenation, reduction with LiAlH4, double reduction, hydrolysis, hydrolysis and oxidation, and column fractionation. This additional processing was used to determine that the gastroprotective activity could be separated from the anti-inflammatory activity in S-CSE. In addition, by measuring the markers that characterize these subfractions, it was possible to eliminate potential candidate molecules, such as the phthalides, from consideration as components of the anti-inflammatory activity. Because the fractions were assayed without further purification, the results are semi-quantitative, not readily allowing calculation of specific activity. However there appears to be a substantial increase in specific activity, e.g. column fraction 1 contains only 37 mg from the original 1000 mg applied to the column and has comparable activity, therefore an increase in specific activity by about an order of magnitude.

Fractions of interest from such processing steps include a column fraction obtained from chromatographing S-CSE on a silica column and collecting the eluate in the fraction in 1-20% diethyl ether in light petroleum (S-CSE fraction 1); or the fraction that elutes with 100% diethyl ether (S-CSE fraction 3). It is found that S-CSE fraction1 retains substantially all the anti-inflammatory activity of the S-CSE, but has lost a substantial amount of the gastroprotective activity.

Other fractions of interest include the distillation residues obtained from distillation at 150oC. and 1.0 mm Hg. Reduction by hydrogenation over a palladium catalyst or with LiAlH4 or both results in retention of substantially all of the anti-inflammatory activity, although a double reduced fraction shows no gastro-protective activity.

Assay Systems: An experimental polyarthritis was induced in rats by injecting a mycobacterial arthritogenic adjuvant, Whitehouse et al. (1997) Inflammopharmacology 5:237-246. A chronic (established) inflammation, polyarthritis was initiated in female Dark Agouti or Wistar rats on "Day O" by injecting 800 .mu.g heat-killed Mycobacterium tuberculosis in 100 .mu.l squalane (constituting a `complete` Freund's adjuvant) into the tail base. The test drugs/formulations were given on and after Day 10 to treat the established arthritis. The polyarthritis is usually manifest from Day 12 as local inflammation and ulceration in the tail, inflammation in all paws and inflammatory lesions on forepaws and ears. Inflammation was evaluated using a micrometer to measure changes in rear paw and tail thickness, and by visual estimates of the severity of front paw swelling and inflammation. Animals were sacrificed by cervical dislocation on or before Day 18 and checked for gastric lesions and other non-articular pathologic changes. Statistical significance was evaluated by using the standard Student `t test` described in "Statistical Methods", 8th edition, G W Snedecor, W G Cochran, Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa (1989).

To evaluate gastric injury caused by aspirin/NSAIDs, administered alone or in combination with the celery extract, these drugs were given orally to rats which had been pre-sensitised by disease stress (K D Rainsford, M W Whitehouse. (1992) J.Pharm. Pharmacol. 44:476-482). The disease stress was induced five days previously either by injecting an arthritigenic adjuvant or 0.1 ml oleyl alcohol into the tail base to incite severe local inflammation. Rats were permitted free access to water but routinely fasted for 16 hours prior to dosing them for the gastro toxicity assay, to facilitate inspection of the gastric lining post mortem. The animals were sacrificed 2.5 hours after the oral administration of aspirin/NSAID. A-CSE or S-CSE was given orally within 20 seconds of the aspirin/NSAID. The number (N) and severity (S, graded on a score of 0 to 4 based on increasing area of injury) of gastric lesions as well as the percentage incidence of animals (%I) with gastric damage was recorded. The lesion index (LI) was then calculated as: LI=N/n+S/n+%I/10, where n=number of animals per group. Statistical significance was determined using the Mann-Whitney U-test as described in Snedecor and Cochran, Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa (1989).

The pain model used was that based on the standard model of Randell & Selitto in which rat paws were pre-swollen with a carageenan injection and then pressure sensitivity assessed with or without a dose of celery extract (Randall L O, Sellito J J Arch Int Pharmacodyn Ther 1957:111:409-419).

Animals were pre-sensitised either (i) with a tail base injection of a low level non-arthritigenic adjuvant (150 microgram M. tuberculosis/1.0. ml squalane per rat) 15 days previously (to confirm no arthritis) or (ii) injected 48 hours previously in each rear paw with an edema-inducing dose of carrageenan (0.6 mg/0.1 ml saline) and the paw swelling allowed to subside.

After either pretreatment, animals were rechallenged with a further paw injection of carrageenan (0.6 mg/foot) followed by oral dosing of test drugs. Pressure was applied to each rear paw 2 and 3.5 hours later with a spring-loaded forceps and the vocalisation threshhold recorded.

Anti-inflammatory drug. The present method may employ combination formulations of pharmaceuticals or nutraceuticals with anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal medicines. Herbal medicines of interest include, but not restricted to, active fractions from certain herbal preparations such as nettles (Urtica dioica) or turmeric (Curcuma longa); marine or terrestial animal products, e.g. bioactive lipids from Perna canaliculus, Dromaius nova hollandiae, etc. In addition, other known synergists, e.g. stable prostaglandin analogues such as misoprostol, etc., may potentiate the therapeutic effects of the celery extracts.

Such compositions may include any variety of those drugs generally classified as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). By way of example, these drugs include ibuprofen, piroxicam, salicylate, aspirin, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, or any mixture thereof. Also of interest are NSAIDs such as ketoprofen, oxaprozin, etodolac, ketorolac and nabumetone.

By way of example and not limitation, NSAID's useful in the practice of the invention, include fenoprofen calcium, nalfon, flurbiprofen, Ansaid, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen, anaprox, aflaxen, oxaprozin, diclofenac sodium, diclofenac potassium, cataflam, etodolac, indomethacin, ketorolac tromethamine, nabumetone, sulindac, tolmetin sodium, fenamates, meclofenamate sodium, mefenamic acid, piroxicam, salicylic acid, diflunisal, aspirin, oxyphenbutazone, and phenylbutazone.

Combination formulations: The CSE compositions of the invention may also contain other therapeutically active agents. Of particular interest are combinations with other agents capable of additive or synergistic effect in achieving a therapeutic result, e.g. where a different or complementary pathway is affected by each of the active agents. Of particular interest is a formulation or administration in combination with a second anti-inflammatory drug, as described above. The combination of active agents provides for an additive, or a synergistic effect in treating inflammation and pain. Where the second anti-inflammatory drug causes gastric irritation, the CSE provides a gastro-protective effect, and reduces this undesirable side-effect.

Specifically, in one embodiment of the invention the CSE serves to enhance the desirable anti-inflammatory activity of NSAIDs, while reducing the undesirable gastric irritation the NSAIDs produce. In this way a dual benefit is obtained from the combination therapy. Such a formulation also provides a method of maintaining and/or enhancing the therapeutic activity of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug in the presence of a drug that reduces or inhibits gastric secretion, e.g. omeprazole, which drug may include an H2 receptor blocker, e.g. Zantac, Tagamet, nizetidine, etc., or proton pump inhibitor, e.g. lansoprazole.

For the treatment of pain, the biologically active celery seed extracts of this invention are effective either alone or in combinations with one or more compounds from other broad classes of compounds that have analgesic activity, including, but not limited to: opioids, cannabinoids, steroids, non-narcotic analgesics (such as acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory analgesics, salicylates whether acetylated or not, and the newer classes of cyclooxygenase 2 inhibitors), leukotriene inhibitors, psychotropic drugs (such as antidepressants, anticonvulsants, neuroleptics and antianxiety agents), local anaesthetics, epidural analgesics (including, but not limited to, local anaesthetics, opioids, alpha 2 adrenergic agonists) and other analgesics that may act through channel modifiers (blockers or openers of potassium, calcium or sodium channels), ionotropic or metabotropic excitatory amino acid receptor classes (including, but not limited to, modifiers of the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid, alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isooxazolepropionic acid, kainic acid or metabotropic receptor), inhibitory amino acids (including, but not limited to, modifiers of the gamma-amino butyric acid, glycine and adenosine receptors), second messenger systems (including, but not limited to, isoforms of protein kinase C, protein kinase A, phospholipase A2, nitric oxide synthase, phospholipase C, cyclic AMP, cyclic GMP, g-protein coupled), capsaicin, bradykinin, serotonin, adrenergic agents, peptide modifiers (that alter activity of peptides such as substance P, calcitonin gene related peptide, vasoactive intestinal polypeptide, neuropeptide Y), modifiers of immediate early genes (including, but not limited to, members of the fos, myc and jun family), modifiers of the immune system (including, but not limited to, interleukins).

The combined used of CSE and other agents has the advantages that the required dosages for the individual drugs may be lower, and the onset and duration of effect of the different drugs complementary. In the combined therapy, the different active agents can be delivered together or separately, and simultaneously or at different times within the day. Moreover the compounds may be administered by any convenient and effective route, e.g. orally, by injection, rectally or transdermally. Preferably, where the agents are orally active, administration will be oral and the different agents will be administered substantially simultaneously, preferably as a composition containing both agents.

Treatment of pain: For the treatment of pain, the biologically active celery seed extracts of this invention are effective in the prevention or treatment of one or more acute or chronic pain conditions including, but not limited to: peripheral nerve disorders (i.e. peripheral neuropathies) that may be from the broad class of mononeuropathies or polyneuropathies, pain following amputation, herpes zoster, pain due to anxiety, neuroses, depression and other psychic illnesses, arthritis and periarthritis disorders (including, but not limited to, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, infectious arthritis), myofascial pain syndromes, pain due to musculoskeletal injuries and conditions (including, but not limited to, fractures, dislocations, sprains, strains, sports injuries, overuse injuries such as tendentious, traumatic muscle spasms), pain of bone origin including those of infectious and metabolic origin, pain arising from neoplasms and cancers, postoperative pain, post-burn pain, pain of dermatological origin (including, but not limited to, vasculitis, ulcers, painful infections and inflammations, necrosis), pain due to vascular disease (including, but not limited to, pain arising from peripheral artery disease, diseases of the microcirculation, peripheral veins, lymphatics and small artieries), pain of cranial nerve origin (including, but not limited, to headache and the broad categories of migraine), pain arising from the orofacial regions (including, but not limited to, pain arising from the teeth, gingival and soft and hard palate), visceral pain arising from the chest and abdominal regions, pain from the pelvis, perineum and genitalia, and pain from the upper and lower extremities.

Pharmaceutical Formulation: The CSE may be combined with a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier, which term includes any and all solvents, dispersion media, coatings, anti-oxidant, isotonic and absorption delaying agents and the like. The use of such media and agents for pharmaceutically active substances is well known in the art. Except insofar as any conventional media or agent is incompatible with the active ingredient, its use in the therapeutic compositions and methods described herein is contemplated. Supplementary active ingredients can also be incorporated into the compositions.

The formulation may be prepared for use in various methods for administration. The formulation may be given orally, by inhalation, applied topically or may be injected, e.g. intravascular, intratumor, subcutaneous, intraperitoneal, intramuscular, etc.

The dosage of the therapeutic formulation will vary widely, depending upon the nature of the disease, the frequency of administration, the manner of administration, the clearance of the agent from the host, and the like. The initial dose may be larger, followed by smaller maintenance doses. The dose may be administered as infrequently as weekly or biweekly, or fractionated into smaller doses and administered daily, semi-weekly, etc. to maintain an effective dosage level. In some cases, oral administration will require a higher dose than if administered intravenously.

The CSE of the invention can be incorporated into a variety of formulations for therapeutic administration. More particularly, the complexes can be formulated into pharmaceutical compositions by combination with appropriate, pharmaceutically acceptable carriers or diluents, and may be formulated into preparations in solid, semi-solid, liquid or gaseous forms, such as tablets, capsules, powders, granules, ointments, solutions, suppositories, injections, inhalants, gels, microspheres, and aerosols. As such, administration of the CSE can be achieved in various ways. The CSE may be systemic after administration or may be localized by the use of an implant that acts to retain the active dose at the site of implantation.

The following methods and excipients are merely exemplary and are in no way limiting. For oral preparations, the CSE can be used alone or in combination with appropriate additives to make tablets, powders, granules or capsules, for example, with conventional additives, such as lactose, mannitol, corn starch or potato starch; with binders, such as crystalline cellulose, cellulose derivatives, acacia, corn starch or gelatins; with disintegrators, such as corn starch, potato starch or sodium carboxymethylcellulose; with lubricants, such as talc or magnesium stearate; and if desired, with diluents, buffering agents, moistening agents, preservatives and flavoring agents.

The CSE can be formulated into preparations for injections by dissolving, suspending or emulsifying them in an aqueous or nonaqueous solvent, such as vegetable or other similar oils, synthetic aliphatic acid glycerides, esters of higher aliphatic acids or propylene glycol; and if desired, with conventional additives such as solubilizers, isotonic agents, suspending agents, emulsifying agents, stabilizers and preservatives.

The CSE can be utilized in aerosol formulation to be administered via inhalation. The compounds of the present invention can be formulated into pressurized acceptable propellants such as dichlorodifluoromethane, propane, nitrogen and the like.

Furthermore, the CSE can be made into suppositories by mixing with a variety of bases such as emulsifying bases or water-soluble bases. The CSE of the present invention can be administered rectally via a suppository. The suppository can include vehicles such as cocoa butter, carbowaxes and polyethylene glycols, which melt at body temperature, yet are solidified at room temperature.

Implants for sustained release formulations are well-known in the art. Implants are formulated as microspheres, slabs, etc. with biodegradable or non-biodegradable polymers. For example, polymers of lactic acid and/or glycolic acid form an erodible polymer that is well-tolerated by the host. The implant containing CSE is placed in proximity to the site of action, so that the local concentration of active agent is increased relative to the rest of the body.

Unit dosage forms for oral or rectal administration such as syrups, elixirs, and suspensions may be provided wherein each dosage unit, for example, teaspoonful, tablespoonful, gel capsule, tablet or suppository, contains a predetermined amount of the compositions of the present invention. Similarly, unit dosage forms for injection or intravenous administration may comprise the compound of the present invention in a composition as a solution in sterile water, normal saline or another pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. The specifications for the novel unit dosage forms of the present invention depend on the particular compound employed and the effect to be achieved, and the pharmacodynamics associated with each active agent in the host.

The pharmaceutically acceptable excipients, such as vehicles, adjuvants, carriers or diluents, are readily available to the public. Moreover, pharmaceutically acceptable auxiliary substances, such as pH adjusting and buffering agents, tonicity adjusting agents, stabilizers, wetting agents and the like, are readily available to the public.

Nutraceutical formulations: may be defined as "a food or part of a food that offers medical and/or health benefits including prevention or treatment of disease." (Dr. Stephen DeFelice, director of Foundation for Innovation In Medicine). Products range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplements and diets, to genetically engineered designer foods, functional foods, herbal products and processed foods such as cereal, soup and beverages. Functional foods, the most popular term among consumers but far from a product category, are defined by Clare Hasler, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois as foods that include "any modified food or food ingredients that may provide a health benefit beyond the traditional nutrients it contains." Thus, by definition A-CSE, S-CSE and the fractions thereof, in and of themselves constitute nutraceuticals. In addition, A-CSE, S-CSE or the fractions thereof may be added to foods to provide a health benefit.

Nutraceutical formulations of interest include foods for veterinary or human use, including health food bars, drinks and drink supplements, and the like. These foods are enhanced by the inclusion of a biologically active celery seed extract. For example, in the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, the normal diet of a patient may be supplemented by a CSE nutraceutical formulation taken on a regular basis.

Dosages. Depending on the patient and condition being treated and on the administration route, the CSE will generally be administered in dosages of 0.1 mg to 500 mg/kg body weight per day. The range is broad, since in general the efficacy of a therapeutic effect for different mammals varies widely. Similarly the mode of administration can have a large effect on dosage.

A typical dosage may be one tablet taken from two to three times daily, or one time-release capsule or tablet taken once a day and containing a proportionally higher content of active ingredient. The time-release effect may be obtained by capsule materials that dissolve at different pH values, by capsules that release slowly by osmotic pressure, or by any other known means of controlled release.

Those of skill will readily appreciate that dose levels can vary as a function of the specific compound, the severity of the symptoms and the susceptibility of the subject to side effects. Some of the formulations are more potent than others. Preferred dosages for a given extract are readily determinable by those of skill in the art by a variety of means. A preferred means is to measure the physiological potency of a given compound.

Amounts ranging between one-tenth and one-half the usual dose of an anti-inflammatory agent, e.g. NSAIDs may be used in the combination formulations provided by the present invention. In this regard, it is expected that amounts of between 2 mg/kg to about 300 mg/kg of NSAIDs will provide therapeutic activity. Of course, the amount/dose used will depend in specific cases on the particular pharmacological characteristics of the NSAID or combination of NSAIDs included.

METHODS OF USE

Formulations of the CSE are administered to a host affected by various chronic or acute conditions, particularly involving pain and/or inflammation. The compounds of the present invention are administered at a dosage that reduces pain or inflammation while minimizing any side-effects. The CSE compounds may also be used to reduce gastric irritation, for example as caused by treatment of an inflammatory condition with NSAIDs.

This invention includes methods for prevention or treatment of acute or chronic inflammation and/or pain comprising administering to a patient in need thereof from about 50 mg/kg/day to about 80 mg/kg/day, preferably from about 30 mg/kg/day to about 50 mg/kg/day, also preferably from about 20 mg/kg/day to about 30 mg/kg/day, also preferably from about 10 mg/kg/day to about 20 mg/kg/day, also preferably from about 5 mg/kg/day to about 10 mg/kg/day, also preferably from about 1 mg/kg/day to about 5 mg/kg/day, of a biologically active celery seed extract of this invention.

This invention includes methods for prevention or reduction of gastric irritation comprising administering to a patient in need thereof from about 50 mg/kg/day to about 80 mg/kg/day, preferably from about 30 mg/kg/day to about 50 mg/kg/day, also preferably from about 20 mg/kg/day to about 30 mg/kg/day, also preferably from about 10 mg/kg/day to about 20 mg/kg/day, also preferably from about 5 mg/kg/day to about 10 mg/kg/day, also preferably from about 1 mg/kg/day to about 5 mg/kg/day, of a biologically active celery seed extract of this invention.

This invention includes methods for both prevention or treatment of inflammation and/or pain and prevention or reduction of gastric irritation comprising administering to a patient in need thereof from about 50 mg/kg/day to about 80 mg/kg/day, preferably from about 30 mg/kg/day to about 50 mg/kg/day, also preferably from about 20 mg/kg/day to about 30 mg/kg/day, also preferably from about 10 mg/kg/day to about 20 mg/kg/day, also preferably from about 5 mg/kg/day to about 10 mg/kg/day, also preferably from about 1 mg/kg/day to about 5 mg/kg/day, of a biologically active celery seed extract of this invention.

Treatment of primates, more particularly humans is of interest, but other animals may also benefit from treatment, particularly domestic animals such as equine, bovine, ovine, feline, canine, murine, lagomorpha, poultry, and the like.

Conditions of interest include musculoskeletal conditions, both inflammatory and non-inflammatory in nature, and acute, subacute or chronic presentation. For example, the composition may be used in the treatment of both the early and late stages of inflammatory arthritis, as well as non-infectious inflammatory arthropathy such as rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, soft tissue injuries, Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematous, psoriatic arthritis, gout and other crystalline arthropathies, capsulitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, myositis, polymyalgia, rheumatica, synovitis and Reiter's syndrome. The compositions of this invention may also be used in the prevention or treatment of erosive osteoarthritis.

Inflammation involves capillary dilation, with accumulation of fluid and migration of phagocytic leukocytes, such as granulocytes and monocytes, to the site of injury or lesion. Inflammation is important in defending a host against a variety of infections, but can also have undesirable consequences in inflammatory disorders. Inflammatory conditions include autoimmune diseases; inflammation caused by bacterial and viral infection, including response to vaccination; local inflammation in response to trauma; graft rejection; graft v. host disease, and the like.

With respect to the prevention or treatment of pain, the compositions of this invention may be orally or topically applied to the patient as an analgesic to prevent or treat acute or chronic pain including muscle pain, lower back pain or sciatica, as well as foot pain such as heel pain, heel spurs, fasciities, metatarsalgia and Achilles tendinitis. The compositions of this invention also have utility in the prevention or treatment of pain associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis in general.

Furthermore, the compositions may be administered for dental applications. For example, the compositions of this invention are useful in preventing inflammation after tooth extraction or for treating various forms of gum disease. More specifically, after a periodontist performs gum surgery, an amount of the composition may be taken orally, or in the form of a liquid, gel or cream to be applied directly to the wound, or may be used to bathe the inflamed tissues as a rinse.

Alternatively, in the prevention or treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, the composition may be applied daily in the form of a liquid, cream or gel directly on inflamed tissue. For example, the liquid, cream or gel may be applied generously to the affected area from 1 to 4 times daily and gently massage into the skin until fully absorbed. Following application, an occlusive dressing may be optionally applied for 4 to 10 hours to enhance efficacy. Absorption of the composition can be further enhanced by phoresis, ultrasound and other physical therapy modalities.

Claim 1 of 8 Claims

What is claimed is:

1. A method for the treatment of acute or chronic inflammation, the method comprising:

administering an effective dose of a biologically active celery seed extract produced by supercritical fluid extraction of an ethanolic extract of fresh celery seed.




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