Population Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Modeling of Methylprednisolone in Neonates Undergoing Cardiopulmonary Bypass.


Journal Article

Methylprednisolone is used in neonates to modulate cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB)-induced inflammation, but optimal dosing and exposure are unknown. We used plasma methylprednisolone and interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-10 concentrations from neonates enrolled in a randomized trial comparing one vs. two doses of methylprednisolone to develop indirect response population pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic models characterizing the exposure-response relationships. We applied the models to simulate methylprednisolone dosages resulting in the desired IL-6 and -10 exposures, known mediators of CPB-induced inflammation. A total of 64 neonates (median weight 3.2 kg, range 2.2-4.3) contributed 290 plasma methylprednisolone concentrations (range 1.07-12,700 ng/mL) and IL-6 (0-681 pg/mL) and IL-10 (0.1-1125 pg/mL). Methylprednisolone plasma exposure following a single 10 mg/kg intravenous dose inhibited IL-6 and stimulated IL-10 production when compared with placebo. Higher (30 mg/kg) or more frequent (twice) dosing did not confer additional benefit. Clinical efficacy studies are needed to evaluate the effect of optimized dosing on outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hornik, CP; Gonzalez, D; Dumond, J; Wu, H; Graham, EM; Hill, KD; Cohen-Wolkowiez, M

Published Date

  • December 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 913 - 922

PubMed ID

  • 31646767

Pubmed Central ID

  • 31646767

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2163-8306

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/psp4.12470


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States