Co-administration of irinotecan decreases the plasma concentration of an active metabolite of amrubicin, amrubicinol in rats

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PURPOSE: This study examined the pharmacokinetics of irinotecan (CPT-11), active metabolite 7-ethyl-10-hydroxycamptothecin (SN-38), SN-38 glucuronide (SN-38G) amrubicin (AMR), and active metabolite amrubicinol (AMR-OH) after intravenous administration of this combination therapy in rats. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with 10 mg/kg CPT-11 with 10 mg/kg AMR. AMR, AMR-OH, CPT-11, SN-38 and SN-38G were measured in plasma, bile, and tissues using high-performance liquid chromatography. RESULTS: Co-administration of CPT-11 resulted in a significant decrease in plasma concentrations and area under the curves (AUC) of AMR-OH compared with treatment with AMR alone. On the other hand, co-administration of AMR resulted in a slight increase in the initial plasma concentration of SN-38; however, there were no differences in AUC values in CPT-11 and SN-38. The cumulative biliary excretion curves of AMR, CPT-11, and their active metabolites were not changed. CPT-11 inhibited the conversion of AMR to AMR-OH in rat cytosolic fractions. CONCLUSIONS: CPT-11 did not affect the pharmacokinetic of AMR but decreased the plasma concentration of AMR-OH and might affect the formation of AMR-OH from AMR in hepatocytes.


  • Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology

    Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology (65), 953-959, 2009-08-21

    Springer Berlin


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