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1.  Pharmacokinetic Interaction between Efavirenz and Dual Protease Inhibitors in Healthy Volunteers 
The combination of efavirenz with HIV-1 protease inhibitors (PI) results in complex interactions secondary to mixed induction and inhibition of oxidative metabolism. ACTG A5043 was a prospective, open-label, controlled, two-period, multiple-dose study with 55 healthy volunteers. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the potential pharmacokinetic interaction between efavirenz and dual PIs. The subjects received a daily dose of 600 mg efavirenz for 10 days with amprenavir 600 mg twice daily added at day 11 and were randomized to receive nelfinavir, indinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, or no second PI on days 15–21. Intensive pharmacokinetic studies were conducted on day 14 and 21. Efavirenz plasma concentrations were fit to candidate models using weighted non-linear regression. The disposition of efavirenz was described by a linear two-compartment model with first order absorption following a fitted lag time. Apparent clearance (CLt/F), volume of distribution at steady state (Vss/F), inter-compartmental clearance, and the central and peripheral volume of distribution were estimated. The mean CLt/F and Vss/F of efavirenz were 0.126 l/h/kg and 4.412 l/kg, respectively. Both AUC and CLt/F of efavirenz remained unchanged after 7 days of dual PI dosing. The mean Vss/F of efavirenz increased an average of 89% across arms, ranging from 52% (nelfinavir) to 115% (indinavir) relative to efavirenz with amprenavir alone. Increases were also observed in Vp/F after the addition of nelfinavir, indinavir, ritonavir and saquinavir by 85%, 170%, 162% and 111%, respectively. In conclusion, concomitant administration of dual PIs is unlikely to have any clinically significant effect on the pharmacokinetics of CYP2B6 substrates in general or oral efavirenz specifically.
PMCID: PMC4307806  PMID: 18041735
pharmacokinetic modeling; drug interactions; non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor; efavirenz; HIV-1 protease inhibitors
2.  Computational Approaches to Analyze and Predict Small Molecule Transport and Distribution at Cellular and Subcellular Levels 
Quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) studies and mechanistic mathematical modeling approaches have been independently employed for analyzing and predicting the transport and distribution of small molecule chemical agents in living organisms. Both of these computational approaches have been useful to interpret experiments measuring the transport properties of small molecule chemical agents, in vitro and in vivo. Nevertheless, mechanistic cell-based pharmacokinetic models have been especially useful to guide the design of experiments probing the molecular pathways underlying small molecule transport phenomena. Unlike QSAR models, mechanistic models can be integrated from microscopic to macroscopic levels, to analyze the spatiotemporal dynamics of small molecule chemical agents from intracellular organelles to whole organs, well beyond the experiments and training data sets upon which the models are based. Based on differential equations, mechanistic models can also be integrated with other differential equations-based systems biology models of biochemical networks or signaling pathways. Although the origin and evolution of mathematical modeling approaches aimed at predicting drug transport and distribution has occurred independently from systems biology, we propose that the incorporation of mechanistic cell-based computational models of drug transport and distribution into a systems biology modeling framework is a logical next-step for the advancement of systems pharmacology research.
PMCID: PMC3947293  PMID: 24218242
Cellular pharmacokinetics; Computational modeling; Drug Transport; Systems pharmacology
3.  Pharmacokinetics of Methylprednisolone after Intravenous and Intramuscular Administration in Rats 
Methylprednisolone (MPL) pharmacokinetics was examined in adrenalectomized (ADX) and normal rats to assess the feasibility of intramuscular (i.m.) dosing for use in pharmacodynamic studies. Several study phases were pursued. Parallel group studies were performed in normal and ADX rats given 50 mg/kg MPL (i.v. or i.m.) and blood samples were collected up to 6 h. Data from studies where normal rats were dosed with 50 mg/kg MPL i.m. and killed over either 6 or 96 h were combined to determine muscle site and plasma MPL concentrations. Lastly, ADX rats were dosed with 50 mg/kg MPL i.m. and killed over 18 h to assess hepatic tyrosine aminotransferase (TAT) dynamics. MPL exhibited bi-exponential kinetics after i.v. dosing with a terminal slope of 2.1 h−1. The i.m. drug was absorbed slowly with two first-order absorption rate constants, 1.26 and 0.219 h−1 indicating flip-flop kinetics with overall 50% bioavailability. The kinetics of MPL at the injection site exhibited slow, dual absorption rates. Although i.m. MPL showed lower bioavailability compared with other corticosteroids in rats, TAT dynamics revealed similar i.m. and i.v. response profiles. The more convenient intramuscular dosing can replace the i.v. route without causing marked differences in pharmacodynamics.
PMCID: PMC4181331  PMID: 17569107
methylprednisolone; corticosteroids; pharmacokinetics; intramuscular injection; tyrosine aminotransferase
4.  Comparison of Dexamethasone Pharmacokinetics in Female Rats after Intravenous and Intramuscular Administration 
This study seeks a route of drug administration that would produce a pharmacokinetic profile for dexamethasone not significantly different from the intravenous route in female rats and would offer reproducible drug input with minimal stress to the animals. The intramuscular (IM) route of drug administration vs intravenous (IV) injection were compared in three female Wistar rats administered 1 mg/kg dexamethasone phosphate. Dexamethasone plasma concentrations were measured by a normal phase HPLC assay for 12 h after drug administration. Dexamethasone exhibited monoexponential behavior after intravenous dosing and was absorbed rapidly after intramuscular dosing (absorption half-life of 14 min) with 86% bioavailability. Dexamethasone had a terminal half-life of 2.3 h after drug administration by either route. The volume of distribution of 0.78 l/kg and the clearance of 0.23 l/h/kg are in good agreement with reported pharmacokinetic parameters in male rats. Intravenous dosing can be replaced by intramuscular dosing without causing any marked difference in dexamethasone pharmacokinetics.
PMCID: PMC4178533  PMID: 15654687
pharmacokinetics; dexamethasone; rats; gender; intramuscular
5.  Changes in clearance, volume and bioavailability of immunosuppressants when given with HAART in HIV-1 infected liver and kidney transplant recipients 
Solid organ transplantation in Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 (HIV)-infected individuals requiring concomitant use of immunosuppressants (IS) [e.g., cyclosporine (CsA) or tacrolimus (TAC)] and antiretrovirals (ARVs) [e.g., protease inhibitors (PIs) and/or non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs)] is complicated by significant drug interactions. We describe the pharmacokinetics of CsA and TAC in 52 patients on both IS and NNRTIs, PIs, or combined NNRTIs+PIs, in studies conducted at 2 weeks, 3, 6, 12 and 24 months after transplantation. CsA and TAC blood concentrations were measured by LC/MS/MS. This multisubject, varied ARV-IS drug combination, longitudinal observational patient study provided a unique opportunity to examine the effect of different ARV drugs on IS PK by comparing ratios of parameters over time and between PK parameters. Subjects taking concomitant PIs exhibited increases in CsA and TAC exposure (AUC/dose) due to increased apparent oral bioavailability and decreased apparent oral clearance. Those subjects taking CsA and concomitant efavirenz (EFV) showed time dependent increases in exposure due to ~30% increases in apparent oral bioavailability over time as well as decreased apparent oral clearance, while subjects on TAC and EFV showed time-dependent changes in all PK parameters. The increased bioavailability was not observed in patients on CsA and nevirapine (NVP). These differences between IS drugs and the changes in PK parameters are not easily predicted, illustrating the importance of continued therapeutic drug monitoring in these patients on these complex medication regimens.
PMCID: PMC4018225  PMID: 24030928
immunosuppressants; antiretrovirals; pharmacokinetics; drug interactions; HIV
6.  Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and toxicities of methotrexate in healthy and collagen-induced arthritic rats 
Biopharmaceutics & drug disposition  2013;34(4):10.1002/bdd.1838.
Methotrexate (MTX) is an anchor drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but responsiveness is variable in effectiveness and toxicity. Methotrexate and its polyglutamate conjugates (MTXPGn) in red blood cells (RBC) have been associated with patient response. In the current study, 13 collagen-induced arthritic (CIA) rats and 12 healthy rats were given subcutaneous doses of either saline or 0.3 or 1.5 mg/kg per 2 days of MTX from day 21 to 43 post-induction. Blood samples were obtained at various times to measure MTX in plasma, and MTX and MTXPGn in RBC. Effects on disease progression were indicated by body weight and paw size. After multiple-doses, RBC MTX reached steady-state (82.4 nM) within 4 days. The MTXPG2 and MTXPG3 in RBC kept increasing until the end of the study attaining 12.5 and 17.7 nM. Significant weight loss was observed after dosing of 1.5 mg/kg/2 days, whereas moderate effectiveness was observed after dosing of 0.3 mg/kg/2 days. A pharmacokinetic/ pharmacodynamic/disease (PK/PD/DIS) model with indirect mechanisms and transduction components incorporating plasma MTX, RBC MTX, and RBC MTXPGn concentrations, and paw size was developed using naïve data pooling and ADAPT 5. The PK/PD in CIA rats dosed at 0.3 mg/kg/2 days were captured well by our proposed model. MTX showed modest (Imaxd = 0.16) but sensitive (IC50d = 0.712 nM) effectiveness on paw edema. The higher dose produced toxicity. The proposed model offers improved understanding of MTX effects on rheumatoid arthritis.
PMCID: PMC3656137  PMID: 23456770
Methotrexate; rheumatoid arthritis; pharmacokinetics; pharmacodynamics; disease progression
7.  Interaction between HIV Protease Inhibitors (PIs) and Hepatic Transporters in Sandwich Cultured Human Hepatocytes: Implication for PI-based DDIs 
Although HIV protease inhibitors (PIs) produce profound metabolic interactions through inactivation/inhibition of CYP3A enzymes, their role as victims of transporter-based drug-drug interactions (DDIs) is less well understood. Therefore, we investigated if the PIs, nelfinavir (NFV), ritonavir (RTV), lopinavir (LPV), or amprenavir (APV) were transported into sandwich-cultured human hepatocytes (SCHH), and whether OATPs contributed to this transport. Our findings showed that except for 3H-APV, no significant decrease in the total hepatocyte accumulation of the 3H-PIs was detected in the presence of the corresponding unlabeled PI, indicating that the uptake of the other PIs was not mediated. Further, hepatocyte biliary efflux studies using 3H-APV and unlabeled APV confirmed this decrease to be due to inhibition of sinusoidal influx transporter(s) and not the canalicular efflux transporters. Moreover, this sinusoidal transport of APV was not OATP-mediated. Our results indicate the hepatic uptake of NFV, RTV, or LPV was primarily mediated by passive diffusion. APV’s hepatic uptake was mediated by an unidentified sinusoidal transporter(s). Therefore, NFV, RTV or LPV will not be victims of DDIs involving inhibition of hepatic influx transporters; however, the disposition of APV may be affected if its sinusoidal transport is inhibited.
PMCID: PMC3625464  PMID: 23280499
8.  In Silico Prediction of Drug Dissolution and Absorption with variation in Intestinal pH for BCS Class II Weak Acid Drugs: Ibuprofen and Ketoprofen§ 
The FDA Biopharmaceutical Classification System guidance allows waivers for in vivo bioavailability and bioequivalence studies for immediate-release solid oral dosage forms only for BCS class I. Extensions of the in vivo biowaiver for a number of drugs in BCS Class III and BCS class II have been proposed, particularly, BCS class II weak acids. However, a discrepancy between the in vivo- BE results and in vitro- dissolution results for a BCS class II acids was recently observed. The objectives of this study were to determine the oral absorption of BCS class II weak acids via simulation software and to determine if the in vitro dissolution test with various dissolution media could be sufficient for in vitro bioequivalence studies of ibuprofen and ketoprofen as models of carboxylic acid drugs.
The oral absorption of these BCS class II acids from the gastrointestinal tract was predicted by GastroPlus™. Ibuprofen did not satisfy the bioequivalence criteria at lower settings of intestinal pH=6.0. Further the experimental dissolution of ibuprofen tablets in the low concentration phosphate buffer at pH 6.0 (the average buffer capacity 2.2 mmol L-1/pH) was dramatically reduced compared to the dissolution in SIF (the average buffer capacity 12.6 mmol L -1/pH). Thus these predictions for oral absorption of BCS class II acids indicate that the absorption patterns largely depend on the intestinal pH and buffer strength and must be carefully considered for a bioequivalence test. Simulation software may be very useful tool to aid the selection of dissolution media that may be useful in setting an in vitro bioequivalence dissolution standard.
PMCID: PMC3466597  PMID: 22815122
weak acid; ibuprofen; ketoprofen; pH; simulation; GastroPlus; in vitro dissolution; dissolution media
9.  Pharmacokinetics of salsalate and salicylic acid in normal and diabetic rats 
The pharmacokinetics (PK) of salsalate (SS) and salicylic acid (SA) was assessed in normal Wistar and diabetic Goto-Kakizaki rats. Three PK studies were conducted: 1) PK of SA in normal rats after intravenous dosing of SA at 20, 40, 80 mg/kg. 2) PK of SS and SA in normal rats after oral dosing of SS at 28, 56, 112 mg/kg. 3) PK during 4 months feeding of SS-containing diet in both normal and diabetic rats. The disposition of SS and SA were simultaneously evaluated using a pharmacokinetic model comprised of several transit absorption steps and linear and nonlinear dual elimination pathways for SA. The results indicated that the nonlinear elimination pathway of SA only accounted for a small fraction of the total clearance (< 12%) at therapeutic concentrations. A flat profile of SA was observed after oral dosing SS, particularly at a high dose. The possible reasons for this flat profile were posed. During the SS-diet feeding, diabetic rats achieved lower blood concentrations of SA than normal rats with a higher apparent clearance (CL/F) possibly due to incomplete (47%) bioavailability. Such CL/F decreased with age in both diabetic and normal rats. The effect of diabetes on SA pharmacokinetics may necessitate increased dosing in future usage of SS in diabetes.
PMCID: PMC3440557  PMID: 22782506
salsalate; salicylic acid; pharmacokinetics; diabetes
10.  Pharmacokinetics of Dexamethasone in a Rat Model of Rheumatoid Arthritis 
Dexamethasone (DEX) is often given for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and clinical dosing regimens of DEX have often been based empirically. This study tests whether the inflammation processes in a rat model of rheumatoid arthritis alters the clearance and volume of distribution of DEX when compared with healthy controls. Groups of healthy and arthritic male Lewis rats received either a low (0.225 mg/kg) or high (2.25 mg/kg) intramuscular dose of DEX. Arthritis was induced by intradermal injection of type II porcine collagen in incomplete Freund's adjuvant emulsion at the base of the tail. DEX was dosed in the arthritic animals 22 days post arthritis induction. Plasma DEX concentrations were determined by HPLC. Plasma concentration versus time data were analysed by non-compartmental analysis and pharmacokinetic model fitting using the population pharmacokinetic software NONMEM V. A linear bi-exponential pharmacokinetic model with extravascular input described the data for both healthy and arthritic animals. Clearance was the only parameter determined statistically different between both groups (healthy=1.05 l/h/kg, arthritic=1.19 l/h/kg). The steady-state volume of distribution for both groups was 4.85 l/kg. The slight difference in clearance was visibly undetectable and unlikely to produce meaningful changes in DEX disposition in arthritic rats.
PMCID: PMC3712282  PMID: 18613033
dexamethasone; pharmacokinetics; arthritis; collagen
11.  Pharmacodynamics of Glucose Regulation by Methylprednisolone. I. Adrenalectomized Rats 
Mechanisms related to the adverse effects of corticosteroids on glucose homeostasis were studied. Five groups of adrenalectomized (ADX) rats were given methylprednisolone (MPL) intravenously at 10 and 50 mg/kg, or a continuous 7 day infusion at rates of 0, 0.1, 0.3 mg/kg/h via subcutaneously implanted Alzet mini-pumps. Plasma concentrations of MPL, glucose and insulin were determined at various time points up to 72 h after injection or 336 h after infusion. The pharmacokinetics of MPL was captured with a two-compartment model. The Adapt II software was used in modeling. Injection of MPL caused a temporary glucose increase over 6 h by stimulating gluconeogenesis. The glucose changes stimulated pancreatic β-cell secretion yielding a later insulin peak at around 10 h. In turn, insulin can stimulate glucose disposition. However, long-term MPL treatment caused continuous hyperglycemia during and after infusion. Insulin was increased during infusion, and immediately returned to baseline after the infusion was terminated, despite the almost doubled glucose concentration. A disease progression model incorporating the reduced endogenous glucose disposition was included to capture glucose homeostasis under different treatments. The results exemplify the importance of the steroid dosing regimen in mediating pharmacological and adverse metabolic effects. This mechanistic pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) model quantitatively describes the induction of hyperglycemia and provides additional insights into metabolic disorders such as diabetes.
PMCID: PMC3712292  PMID: 19156931
corticosteroids; methylprednisolone; pharmacodynamics; pharmacokinetics; glucose; insulin
12.  Pharmacodynamics of Glucose Regulation by Methylprednisolone. II. Normal Rats 
A physiologic pharmacodynamic model was developed to jointly describe the effects of methylprednisolone (MPL) on adrenal suppression and glycemic control in normal rats. Six groups of animals were given MPL intravenously at 0, 10 and 50 mg/kg, or by subcutaneous 7 day infusion at rates of 0, 0.1 and 0.3 mg/kg/h. Plasma concentrations of MPL, corticosterone (CST), glucose and insulin were determined at various times up to 72 h after injection and 336 h after infusion. The pharmacokinetics of MPL was described by a two-compartment model. A circadian rhythm for CST was found in untreated rats with a stress-altered baseline caused by handling, which was captured by a circadian harmonic secretion rate with an increasing mesor. All drug treatments caused CST suppression. Injection of MPL caused temporary increases in glucose over 4 h. Insulin secretion was thereby stimulated yielding a later peak around 6 h. In turn, insulin can normalize glucose. However, long-term dosing caused continuous hyperglycemia during and after infusion. Hyperinsulinemia was achieved during infusion, but diminished immediately after dosing despite the high glucose concentration. The effects of CST and MPL on glucose production were described with a competitive stimulation function. A disease progression model incorporating reduced endogenous glucose uptake/utilization was used to describe glucose metabolism under different treatments. The results exemplify the roles of endogenous and exogenous hormones in mediating glucose dynamics. The pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic model is valuable for quantitating diabetogenic effects of corticosteroid treatments and provides mechanistic insights into the hormonal control of the metabolic system.
PMCID: PMC3712293  PMID: 19156669
corticosterone; methylprednisolone; pharmacodynamics; pharmacokinetics; glucose; insulin
13.  Chemopreventive and anti-angiogenic effects of dietary phenethyl isothiocyanate in an N-methyl nitrosourea-induced breast cancer animal model 
The effect of phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), a component of cruciferous vegetables, on the initiation and progression of cancer was investigated in a chemically induced estrogen-dependent breast cancer model. Breast cancer was induced in female Sprague Dawley rats (8 weeks old) by the administration of N-methyl nitrosourea (NMU). Animals were administered 50 or 150 µmol/kg oral PEITC and monitored for tumor appearance for 18 weeks. The PEITC treatment prolonged the tumor-free survival time and decreased the tumor incidence and multiplicity. The time to the first palpable tumor was prolonged from 69 days in the control, to 84 and 88 days in the 50 and 150 µmol/kg PEITC-treated groups. The tumor incidence in the control, 50 µmol/kg, and 150 µmol/kg PEITC-treated groups was 56.6%, 25.0% and 17.2%, while the tumor multiplicity was 1.03, 0.25 and 0.21, respectively. Differences were statistically significant (p < 0.05) from the control, but there were no significant differences between the two dose levels. The intratumoral capillary density decreased from 4.21 ± 0.30 vessels per field in the controls to 2.46 ± 0.25 in the 50 µmol/kg and 2.36 ± 0.23 in the 150 µmol/kg PEITC-treated animals. These studies indicate that supplementation with PEITC prolongs the tumor-free survival, reduces tumor incidence and burden, and is chemoprotective in NMU-induced estrogen-dependent breast cancer in rats. For the first time, it is reported that PEITC has anti-angiogenic effects in a chemically induced breast cancer animal model, representing a potentially significant mechanism contributing to its chemopreventive activity.
PMCID: PMC3705647  PMID: 23138465
phenethyl isothiocyanate; estrogen-dependent breast cancer model; anti-angiogenic effects; N-methyl nitrosourea; PEITC; NMU
14.  ABC Transporters and Isothiocyanates: Potential for Pharmacokinetic Diet–Drug Interactions 
Isothiocyanates, a class of anti-cancer agents, are derived from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and watercress, and have demonstrated chemopreventive activity in a number of cancer models and epidemiologic studies. Due to public interest in cancer prevention and alternative therapies in cancer, the consumption of herbal supplements and vegetables containing these compounds is widespread and increasing. Isothiocyanates interact with ATP-binding cassette (ABC) efflux transporters such as P-glycoprotein, MRP1, MRP2 and BCRP, and may influence the pharmacokinetics of substrates of these transporters. This review discusses the pharmacokinetic properties of isothiocyanates, their interactions with ABC transporters, and presents some data describing the potential for isothiocyanate-mediated diet–drug interactions.
PMCID: PMC3694332  PMID: 19623673
isothiocyanates; ABC transporters; pharmacokinetics; diet-drug interactions
15.  Pharmacodynamic analysis of stress erythropoiesis: change in erythropoietin receptor pool size following double phlebotomies in sheep 
Biopharmaceutics & drug disposition  2011;32(3):10.1002/bdd.743.
A feedback receptor regulation model was incorporated into a pharmacodynamic model to describe the stimulation of hemoglobin (Hb) production by endogenous erythropoietin (EPO). The model considers the dynamic changes that take place in the EPO receptor (EPOR) pool under phlebotomy-induced anemia. Using a 125I-rhEPO tracer the EPO clearance changes are evaluated longitudinally prior to and following phlebotomy-induced anemia to indirectly evaluate changes in the EPOR pool size, which has been shown to be linearly related to the clearance. The proposed model simultaneously captures the general behavior of temporal changes in Hb relative to EPO plasma clearance in five lambs (r=0.95), while accounting for the confounding variables of phlebotomy and changes in the blood volume in the growing animals. The results indicate that under anemia the EPOR pool size is up-regulated by a factor of nearly two over baseline and that the lowest and highest EPOR pool sizes differ by a factor of approximately four. The kinetic model developed and the data-driven mechanism proposed serves as a starting point for developing an optimal EPO dosing algorithm for the treatment of neonatal anemia.
PMCID: PMC3657587  PMID: 21456051
Erythropoietin receptor; Dosing optimization; Pharmacodynamics; Pharmacokinetics; sheep
16.  Differential pharmacokinetic analysis of in vivo erythropoietin receptor interaction with erythropoietin and continuous erythropoietin receptor activator in sheep 
The two erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESAs), short acting recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) and long acting continuous erythropoietin receptor activator (CERA), have been hypothesized to share an in vivo elimination pathway that involves binding to erythropoietin receptor (EPOR) and subsequent internalization. A physiologically based recirculation model and a pharmacokinetic tracer interaction methodology (TIM) were used to compare the in vivo interaction kinetics with EPOR between the two ESAs in adult sheep. Animals treated with EPO experienced a greater EPOR up-regulation than those treated with CERA, as evidenced by an eightfold-higher initial EPOR normalized production rate constant, ksyn/R0, versus a twofold-larger EPOR degradation rate constant, kdeg. In agreement with in vitro studies, EPO had a lower in vivo equilibrium dissociation constant from EPOR than CERA (KD = 6 versus 88.4 pmol/l, respectively, p < 0.01). The internalization and/or degradation of the EPO–EPOR complex was faster than that of the CERA–EPOR complex (kint = 24 versus 2.41 h−1, respectively, p < 0.01). The adopted model enables a mechanism-based explanation for CERA’s slower elimination and greater erythropoietic activity in vivo. As predicted by the model, the slower elimination of CERA is due to: (1) less EPOR up-regulation induced by CERA administration; (2) slower binding of CERA to EPOR; and (3) reduced internalization and/or degradation rate of surface-bound CERA. Slower CERA/EPOR complex elimination explains the greater in vivo erythropoiesis reported for CERA, despite its lower affinity to EPOR. A sensitivity analysis showed that the model parameters were reliably estimated using the TIM methodology.
PMCID: PMC3616385  PMID: 21678432
erythropoietin; erythropoiesis stimulating agent (ESA); CERA; pharmacokinetics; receptor; physiological model; receptor binding; recirculation model
17.  Metabolism, oral bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of chemopreventive kaempferol in rats 
The purpose of this study was to compare the hepatic and small intestinal metabolism, and examine bioavailability and gastro-intestinal first-pass effects of Kaempferol in the rats. Liver and small intestinal microsomes fortified with either NADPH or UDPGA were incubated with varying concentrations of Kaempferol for upto 120 minutes. Based on the values of the kinetic constants (Km and Vmax), the propensity for UDPGA-dependent conjugation as compared to NADPH-dependent oxidative metabolism was higher for both hepatic and small intestinal microsomes. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were administered Kaempferol intravenously (IV) (10, 25 mg/kg) or orally (100, 250 mg/kg). Gastro-intestinal first pass effects were observed by collecting portal blood after oral administration of 100 mg/kg Kaempferol. Pharmacokinetic parameters were obtained by Noncompartmental analysis using WinNonlin. After IV administration, the plasma concentration-time profiles for 10 and 25 mg/kg were consistent with high clearance (~ 3 L/hr/kg) and large volumes of distribution (8-12 L/kg). The disposition was characterized by a terminal half-life value of 3-4 hours. After oral administration the plasma concentration-time profiles demonstrated fairly rapid absorption (tmax ~ 1-2 hours). The area under the curve (AUC) values after IV and oral doses increased proportional to the dose. The bioavailability (F) was poor at ~ 2%. Analysis of portal plasma after oral administration revealed low to moderate absorption. Taken together, the low F of Kaempferol is attributed in part to extensive first-pass metabolism by glucuronidation and other metabolic pathways in the gut and in the liver.
PMCID: PMC3580176  PMID: 19722166
Pharmacokinetics; Kaempferol; metabolism; flavonoids; liver; small intestine
18.  Pharmacokinetics of Dietary Cancer Chemopreventive Compound Dibenzoylmethane in the Rats and Impacts of Nanoemulsion and Genetic knockout of Nrf2 on its Disposition 
The pharmacokinetic disposition of a dietary cancer chemopreventive compound dibenzoylmethane (DBM) was studied in male Sprague-Dawley rats after intravenous (i.v.) and oral (p.o.) administrations. Following a single i.v. bolus dose, the mean plasma clearance (CL) of DBM was low as compared to the hepatic blood flow. DBM displayed a high volume of distribution (Vss). The elimination terminal t1/2 was long. The mean CL, Vss and AUC0-∞/dose were similar between the i.v. 10 and 10 mg/kg doses. After single oral doses (10, 50, and 250 mg/kg), the absolute oral bioavailability (F*) of DBM was 7.4 to 13.6%. The increase in AUC was not proportional to the oral doses, suggesting non-linearity. In silico prediction of oral absorption also demonstrated low DBM absorption in vivo. An oil-in-water nanoemulsion containing DBM was formulated to potentially overcome low F* due to poor water solubility of DBM, with enhanced oral absorption. Finally, to examine the role of Nrf2 on the pharmacokinetics of DBM since DBM activates the Nrf2-dependent detoxification pathways, the Nrf2 wild-type (+/+) mice and Nrf2 knockout (−/−) mice were utilized. There was an increased systemic plasma exposure of DBM in Nrf2 (−/−) mice, suggesting that Nrf2 genotype could also play a role in the pharmacokinetic disposition of DBM. Taken together, our results show that DBM has low oral bioavailability which could be due in part to poor water-solubility and this could be overcome by nanotechnology-based drug delivery system and furthermore Nrf2 genotype could also play a role in the pharmacokinetics of DBM.
PMCID: PMC3580179  PMID: 21341276
19.  Integrated Model for Denosumab and Ibandronate Pharmacodynamics in Postmenopausal Women 
This study aims to characterize the pharmacodynamic properties of denosumab, a RANK ligand inhibitor, and ibandronate, a bisphosphonate, using an integrated bone homeostasis model in postmenopausal women. Mean temporal profiles of denosumab, serum and urine N-telopeptide (sNTX, uNTX), lumbar spine bone mineral density (BMD) following denosumab administration, and urine C-telopeptide (uCTX) and lumbar spine BMD upon ibandronate administration were extracted from the literature. A mechanistic model was developed that integrates denosumab pharmacokinetics with binding to RANK ligand and ibandronate inhibition of osteoclast precursor differentiation to active osteoclasts (AOC). Biomarker concentrations were linked to the AOC pool. BMD was characterized by a turnover model with stimulation of bone formation and degradation by AOB (active osteoblasts) and AOC pools. The estimated basal sNTX, uNTX and uCTX concentrations were 7.24 nM, 14.4 nmol/mmolCr, and 31 μg/mmolCr. The BMD degradation rate was 0.00161 day−1 with stimulation constants associated with AOB and AOC of 1214 and 790 pM−1. Plasma ibandronate concentration producing 50% of maximum inhibition of osteoclast differentiation was 522 ng/L. The integrated model, which incorporates multiple pathways of therapeutic intervention, quantitatively describes changes in clinical biomarkers of bone turnover and BMD after denosumab and ibandronate exposures in postmenopausal women.
PMCID: PMC3202061  PMID: 21953540
bisphosphonates; bone remodeling; bone mineral density; denosumab; pharmacodynamics
20.  Pharmacodynamics of dietary phytochemical indoles I3C and DIM: Induction of Nrf2-mediated Phase II drug metabolizing and antioxidant genes and synergism with isothiocyanates 
The antioxidant response element (ARE) is a critical regulatory element for the expression of many phase II drug metabolizing enzymes (DME), phase III transporters, and anti-oxidant enzymes, mediated by the transcription factor Nrf2. The aim of this study was to examine the potential activation and synergism of Nrf2-ARE-mediated transcriptional activity between four common phytochemicals present in cruciferous vegetables, the indoles; indole-3-carbinol (I3C), 3,3’-diindolylmethane (DIM), and the isothiocyanates (ITCs); phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) and sulforaphane (SFN). The cytotoxicity of the compounds was determined in human liver hepatoma cell line (HepG2-C8). The combination index was calculated to assess the synergistic effects on the induction of ARE-mediated gene expressions. qPCR was employed to measure the mRNA expressions of Nrf2 and Nrf2-mediated genes. I3C and DIM showed less cytotoxicity than SFN and PEITC. Compared to I3C, DIM was found to be a stronger inducer of ARE. Synergism was observed after combined treatments of I3C 6.25 µM + SFN 1 µM, I3C 6.25 µM + PEITC 1 µM and DIM 6.25 µM + PEITC 1 µM, while additive effect was observed for DIM 6.25 µM + SFN 1 µM. Induction of endogenous Nrf2, phase II genes (GSTm2, UGT1A1, and NQO1) and antioxidant genes (HO-1 and SOD1) was also observed. In summary, the indole I3C or DIM alone could induce or syngergistically induce in combination with the ITCs SFN or PEITC, Nrf2-ARE-mediated gene expression, which could potentially enhance cancer chemopreventive activity.
PMCID: PMC3465716  PMID: 21656528
Antioxidant response element (ARE); nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (NFE2L2 or Nrf2); indole-3-carbinol (I3C); 3,3’-diindolylmethane (DIM); isothiocyanates
21.  MicroRNA expression is differentially altered by xenobiotic drugs in different human cell lines 
Several noncoding microRNAs (miR or miRNA) have been shown to regulate the expression of drug-metabolizing enzymes and transporters. Xenobiotic drug-induced changes in enzyme and transporter expression may be associated with the alteration of miRNA expression. Therefore, this study investigated the impact of 19 xenobiotic drugs (e.g., dexamethasone, vinblastine, bilobalide and cocaine) on the expression of 10 miRNAs (miR-18a, -27a, -27b, -124a, -148a, -324-3p, -328, -451, -519c and -1291) in MCF-7, Caco-2, SH-SY5Y and BE(2)-M17 cell systems. Our data revealed that miRNAs were differentially expressed in human cell lines and the change in miRNA expression was dependent on the drug, as well as the type of cells investigated. Notably, treatment with bilobalide led to a 10-fold increase of miR-27a and a 2-fold decrease of miR-148a in Caco-2 cells, whereas no change of miR-27a and a 2-fold increase of miR-148a in MCF-7 cells. Neuronal miR-124a was generally down-regulated by psychoactive drugs (e.g., cocaine, methadone and fluoxetine) in BE(2)-M17 and SH-SY5Y cells. Dexamethasone and vinblastine, inducers of drug-metabolizing enzymes and transporters, suppressed the expression of miR-27b, -148a and -451 that down-regulate the enzymes and transporters. These findings should provide increased understanding of the altered gene expression underlying drug disposition, multidrug resistance, drug-drug interactions and neuroplasticity.
PMCID: PMC3158292  PMID: 21796641
miRNA; drug disposition; metabolism; regulation, xenobiotic
22.  Higher clearance of micafungin in neonates compared to adults: role of age-dependent micafungin serum binding 
Micafungin, a new echinocandin antifungal agent, has been widely used for the treatment of various fungal infections in human populations. Micafungin is predominantly cleared by biliary excretion and it binds extensively to plasma proteins (>99.5%). Micafungin body weight-adjusted clearance is higher in neonates than in adults, but the mechanisms underlying this difference are not understood. Previous work had revealed the roles of sinusoidal uptake (Na+-taurocholate co-transporting peptide, NTCP; organic anion transporting polypeptide, OATP) as well as canalicular efflux (bile salt export pump, BSEP; breast cancer resistance protein, BCRP) transporters in micafungin hepatobiliary elimination. In the present study, the relative protein expression of hepatic transporters was compared between liver homogenates from neonates and adults. Also, the extent of micafungin binding to serum from neonates and adults was measured in vitro. The results indicate that relative expression levels of NTCP, OATP1B1/3, BSEP, BCRP, and MRP3 were similar in neonates and in adults. However, micafungin fraction unbound (fu) in neonatal serum was about 8-fold higher than in adult serum (0.033 ± 0.012 versus 0.004 ± 0.001, respectively). While there was no evidence for different intrinsic hepatobiliary clearance of micafungin between neonates and adults, our data suggest that age-dependent serum protein binding of micafungin is responsible for its higher clearance in neonates compared to adults.
PMCID: PMC3080470  PMID: 21449041
micafungin; pediatric drug disposition; serum binding; clearance prediction; antifungal
23.  Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Increases P-glycoprotein Expression in a BME-UV In Vitro Model of Mammary Epithelial Cells 
Biopharmaceutics & drug disposition  2010;31(0):10.1002/bdd.731.
P-glycoprotein is an efflux pump belonging to the ATP-binding cassette super-family that influences the bioavailability and disposition of many drugs. Mammary epithelial cells express various drug transporters including P-glycoprotein, albeit at low level during lactation. During inflammatory reactions, which can be associated with changes in epithelial barrier functions, pro-inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) are elevated in milk and serum. In this study, the role of TNF-α in the regulation of P-glycoprotein was determined in cultured BME-UV cells, an immortalized bovine mammary epithelial cell line. The protein production of P-glycoprotein and mRNA expression of bABCB1, the gene encoding P-glycoprotein, were increased after 24 hours of TNF-α exposure. The highest observed effects for TNF-α on the regulation of P-glycoprotein was after 72 hours of exposure. Protein and mRNA expression also significantly increased after 120 hours of TNF-α exposure, but it was lower than the level that observed in the cells exposed to TNF-α for 72 hours. The apical to basolateral flux of digoxin, a P-glycoprotein substrate, was decreased in the TNF-α-exposed epithelium. This effect was reversed when verapamil or ketoconazole, compounds known to interact with P-glycoprotein, were added together with digoxin into the donor compartment. Probenecid, a compound known to interact with organic anion transporters, but not P-glycoprotein, did not increase the flux of digoxin. This model has important implications for understanding the barrier function of the mammary epithelium and provides insight into the role of P-glycoprotein in the accumulation and/or removal of xenobiotics from milk and/or plasma.
PMCID: PMC3034978  PMID: 21104926
Mammary epithelium; P-glycoprotein; Pharmaco-/toxicokinetic; TNF-α
24.  Mechanistic population modeling of diabetes disease progression in Goto-Kakizaki rat muscle 
Pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 4 (PDK4) is a lipid status responsive gene involved in muscle fuel selection. Evidence is mounting in support of the therapeutic potential of PDK4 inhibitors to treat diabetes. Factors that regulate PDK4 mRNA expression include plasma corticosterone, insulin and free fatty acids. Our objective was to determine the impact of those plasma factors on PDK4 mRNA and to develop and validate a population mathematical model to differentiate aging, diet and disease effects on muscle PDK4 expression. The Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rat, a polygenic non-obese model of type 2 diabetes, was used as the diabetic animal model. We examined muscle PDK4 mRNA expression by real-time QRTPCR. Groups of GK rats along with controls fed with either a normal or high fat diet were sacrificed at 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20 weeks of age. Plasma corticosterone, insulin and free fatty acid were measured. The proposed mechanism-based model successfully described the age, disease and diet effects and the relative contribution of these plasma regulators on PDK4 mRNA expression. Muscle growth reduced the PDK4 mRNA production rate by 14% per gram increase. High fat diet increased the initial production rate constant in GK rats by 2.19-fold. The model indicated that corticosterone had a moderate effect and PDK4 was more sensitive to free fatty acid than insulin fluxes, which was in good agreement with the literature data.
PMCID: PMC3080028  PMID: 21162119
population model; type 2 diabetes; disease progression; PDK4; Goto-Kakizaki rats
25.  Contributions of Human Cytochrome P450 Enzymes to Glyburide Metabolism* 
Glyburide (GLB) is a widely used oral sulfonylurea for the treatment of gestational diabetes. Therapeutic use of GLB is often complicated by a substantial inter-individual variability in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the drug in human populations, which might be caused by inter-individual variations in factors such as GLB metabolism. Therefore, there has been a continued interest in identifying human cytochrome P450 (CYP) isoforms that play a major role in the metabolism of GLB. However, contrasting data are available in the present literature in this regard. In the present study, we systematically investigated the contributions of various human CYP isoforms (CYP3A4, CYP3A5, CYP2C8, CYP2C9, and CYP2C19) to in vitro metabolism of GLB. GLB depletion and metabolite formation in human liver microsomes were most significantly inhibited by the CYP3A inhibitor ketoconazole compared with the inhibitors of other CYP isoforms. Furthermore, multiple correlation analysis between GLB depletion and individual CYP activities was performed, demonstrating a significant correlation between GLB depletion and the CYP3A probe activity in 16 individual human liver microsomal preparations, but not between GLB depletion and the CYP2C19, CYP2C8, or CYP2C9 probe activity. By using recombinant supersomes overexpressing individual human CYP isoforms, we found that GLB could be depleted by all the enzymes tested; however, the intrinsic clearance (Vmax/Km) of CYP3A4 for GLB depletion was 4 – 17 times greater than that of other CYP isoforms. These results confirm that human CYP3A4 is the major enzyme invovled in the in vitro metabolism of GLB.
PMCID: PMC3172044  PMID: 20437462
Glyburide; human CYP enzymes; CYP3A4; CYP2C9; in vitro metabolism

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