Enterohepatic recirculation model of irinotecan (CPT-11) and metabolite pharmacokinetics in patients with glioma.

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BACKGROUND: Enterohepatic recirculation of irinotecan and one of its metabolites, SN-38, has been observed in pharmacokinetic data sets from previous studies. A mathematical model that can incorporate this phenomenon was developed to describe the pharmacokinetics of irinotecan and its metabolites. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 32 patients with recurrent malignant glioma were treated with weekly intravenous administration of irinotecan at a dose of 125 mg/m(2). Plasma concentrations of irinotecan and its three major metabolites were determined. Pharmacokinetic models were developed and tested for simultaneous fit of parent drug and metabolites, including a recirculation component. RESULTS: Rebound in the plasma concentration suggestive of enterohepatic recirculation at approximately 0.5-1 h post-infusion was observed in most irinotecan plasma concentration profiles, and in some plasma profiles of the SN-38 metabolite. A multi-compartment model containing a recirculation chain was developed to describe this process. The recirculation model was optimal in 22 of the 32 patients compared to the traditional model without the recirculation component. CONCLUSION: A recirculation chain incorporated in a multi-compartment pharmacokinetic model of irinotecan and its metabolites appears to improve characterization of this drug's disposition in patients with glioma.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Younis, IR; Malone, S; Friedman, HS; Schaaf, LJ; Petros, WP

Published Date

  • February 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 63 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 517 - 524

PubMed ID

  • 18496691

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3914774

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1432-0843

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00280-008-0769-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany