Mucosal permeability of water-soluble drugs in the equine jejunum: a preliminary investigation.


Journal Article

Ussing chambers have been used to study the mucosal permeability of drugs in humans, rats and other species. This data can then be used to develop in vitro/in vivo correlations (IVIVC) for drugs based on the Biopharmaceutics Classification System (BCS). Due to the poor oral bioavailability of many drugs in the horse, this method may be useful for screening drugs before development to determine if they warrant further study. Cephalexin (CPX), marbofloxacin (MAR), metronidazole (MTZ) and fluconazole (FCZ) were chosen for this study based on the wide range of physicochemical properties and bioavailability in the horse. Permeability was ranked as follows: MTZ > FCZ > MAR > CPX. This correlated with the bioavailability (R(2) = 0.633447), the Log P (R(2) = 0.648517), as well as the molecular weight (R(2) = 0.851208) of the drugs. Metronidazole induced a decrease in the tissue transepithelial resistance, suggestive of the possibility of tissue toxicity, which may have falsely increased its permeability. The low permeability of cephalexin across the tissue may indicate a lack of active transporters that are found in other species. From this study, we can conclude that the Ussing chamber is a promising method for determining mucosal permeability in the horse.

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Cited Authors

  • Davis, JL; Little, D; Blikslager, AT; Papich, MG

Published Date

  • October 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 379 - 385

PubMed ID

  • 16958782

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16958782

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1365-2885

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0140-7783

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1365-2885.2006.00757.x


  • eng