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1.  The prediction of plasma and brain levels of 2,3,5,6-tetramethylpyrazine following transdermal application 
AAPS PharmSci  2002;4(4):243-250.
The purpose of this study was to construct a pharmacokinetic (PK) model and to determine PK parameters of 2,3,5,6-tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) after application of TMP transdermal delivery system. Data were obtained in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats following a single dose of TMP transdermal delivery system. Blood samples were obtained at 0, 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 6, 16, and 24 hours after the transdermal application. In the brain level study, 18 SD rats were divided into 6 groups. Three SD rats before and after transdermal application were culled and sacrificed at each of the following time intervals: 2, 4, 6, 16, and 24 hours after the TMP-TTS application. TMP concentrations in plasma and brain tissues were determined using high performance liquid chromatography and data were fitted using a zero-order absorption and a firstorder-elimination 3-compartment PK model. Fitted parameters included 2 volumes of distribution (V1, V2) and 2 elimination rate constants (k10, k20). The elimination half-life for TMP in plasma and brain was 26.5 and 31.2 minutes, respectively. The proposed PK model fit observed concentrations of TMP very well. This model is useful for predicting drug concentrations in plasma and brain and for assisting in the development of transdermal systems.
PMCID: PMC2751335  PMID: 12646016
tetramethylpyrazine; percutaneous absorption; transdermal drug delivery system; in vitro/in vivo; pharmacokinetic model
2.  Drug inhibition of Gly-Sar uptake and hPepT1 localization using hPepT1-GFP fusion protein 
AAPS PharmSci  2001;3(1):9-17.
An hPepT1-GFP fusion construct was made to study drug inhibition of dipeptide uptake and apical, basolateral, or subcellular hPepT1 localization. The hPepT1 stop codon was mutated by polymerase chain reaction and was subsequently cloned into the pEGFP-N1 vector. The hPepT1-GFP fusion construct was then transfected into Caco-2 and HeLa cells, and drug inhibition was studied by inhibiting 3H-Gly-Sar uptake. Western blot analysis was used to determine hPepT1-GFP expression levels and confocal microscopy was used to examine the localization. Both anti-hPepT1 antibody and anti-GFP antibody recognized a 120kd hPepT1-GFP fusion protein in the transfected cells. The 3H-Gly-Sar uptake in transfected HeLa cells was enhanced more than 20 times compared with the control. Valacyclovir (5 mmol/L) was able to completely inhibit 3H-Gly-Sar uptake in these transfected cells. Confocal microscopy showed that the hPepT1-GFP mainly localized in the Caco-2 cell apical membrane, but was present throughout the entire HeLa cell membranes. The hPepT1-GFP fusion protein was not found in either early endosome or lysosome of Caco-2 cells under normal conditions; however, it was detected in some subsets of lysosomes and early endosomes in phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA)-treated Caco-2 cells.
PMCID: PMC2751234  PMID: 11741253
hPepT1; Localization; Apical Membrane; Lysosome; Valacyclovir

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