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In vitro evidence for auto-induction of artemisinin metabolism in the rat
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Division of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Therapy.
2001 (English)In: European journal of drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, ISSN 0378-7966, Vol. 26, no 3, 173-178 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Artemisinin disappearance rate was more rapid in incubations with liver microsomes from rats pre-treated with oral artemisinin (60 mg/kg/day for 5 days) compared with microsomes from control animals. A single pathway Michaelis-Menten saturable elimination model was fitted to the concentration-time data of artemisinin incubations by non-linear regression. Model parameters were obtained after fitting results for each animal separately and by pooling data for pre-treated and control animals. Parameter estimates (% coefficient of variation) from fitting the pooled data was maximum velocities (V-max) = 1.8 (12) mmole/min/mg protein and Michaelis constants (K-m) = 20 (22) muM for artemisinin pre-treated and V-max = 0.85 (35) mmole/min/mg protein and K-m = 67 (52) muM for control animals indicating a 2-fold increase in V-max and a 3-fold decrease in Km with microsomes from artemisinin pre-treated animals. Estimates of intrinsic clearance in microsomes from the pre-treated animals were 8-fold higher compared with controls. Thus, artemisinin appears to be a potent auto-inducer of drug metabolism in rats as has also been observed in humans. The present findings suggest caution in the interpretation of repeat-dose rat toxicity studies with artemisinin unless its pharmacokinetics are simultaneously monitored, since during multiple administration, the exposure of the drug will not be constant over time.

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2001. Vol. 26, no 3, 173-178 p.
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artemisinin, rat liver microsomes, in vitro, pharmacokinetics
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-208923ISI: 000171803200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-208923DiVA: diva2:655500
Available from: 2013-10-11 Created: 2013-10-11 Last updated: 2013-10-11Bibliographically approved

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