This short synthetic peptide facilitates efficient transdermal protein drug delivery through intact skin. Co-administration of the peptide and insulin to the abdominal skin of diabetic rats results in elevated systemic levels of insulin and suppresses serum glucose levels. This peptide creates a transient opening in the skin barrier to enable macromolecular drugs to reach systemic circulation.
Proteins and peptides
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