A population pharmacokinetic model for doxorubicin and doxorubicinol in the presence of a novel MDR modulator, zosuquidar trihydrochloride (LY335979)

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  • External authors:
  • Sophie Callies
  • Dinesh P. De Alwis
  • James G. Wright
  • Alan Sandler
  • Michael Burgess


Purpose: To develop a population pharmacokinetic model for doxorubicin and doxorubicinol in the presence of zosuquidar.3HCl, a potent P-glycoprotein inhibitor. Methods: The population approach was used (implemented with NONMEM) to analyse doxorubicin-doxorubicinol pharmacokinetic data from 40 patients who had received zosuquidar.3HCl and doxorubicin intravenously (separately in cycle 1 and concomitantly in cycle 2 over 48 h and 0.5 h, respectively). Results: A five-compartment pharmacokinetic model (including three compartments for doxorubicin pharmacokinetics with two pathways for doxorubicinol formation) best described the doxorubicin-doxorubicinol pharmacokinetics in the presence of zosuquidar.3HCl. Doxorubicin clearance (CL), peripheral volume of distribution (V2) and doxorubicinol apparent clearance (CLm/fm) and apparent volume of distribution (Vm/fm) were 62.3 1/h, 2360 1, 143 1/h and 3150 1, respectively, in the absence or presence of low doses of zosuquidar.3HC1 (<500 mg). In the presence of high doses of zosuquidar.3HCl (≥500 mg), these values decreased by 25%, 26%, 48% and 73%, respectively, and doxorubicinol pharmacokinetics were characterized by a delayed tmax (24 h versus 4 h), which led to the inclusion of the parallel pathways. A decrease in the objective function (P <0.005) was observed when the impact of zosuquidar.3HCl was accounted for. Conclusions: This integrated parent-metabolite population pharmacokinetic model accurately characterized the increase in doxorubicin and doxorubicinol exposure (1.33- and 2-fold, respectively) in the presence of zosuquidar.3HCl (≥500 mg) and provided insights into the pharmacokinetic interaction, which may be useful in designing future clinical trials.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-118
Number of pages11
JournalCancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2003