Is Anesthesiology Going Soft?

Anesthesiology (Impact Factor: 6.17). 09/2009; 111(2):229-30. DOI: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e3181ae8460
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    ABSTRACT: As a general review for the 7th Retrometabolism-Based Drug Design and Targeting Conference, recent developments within this field are briefly reviewed with various illustrative examples from different therapeutic areas. Retrometabolic drug design incorporates two major systematic approaches: the design of soft drugs and of chemical delivery systems (CDS). Both aim to design new, safe drugs with an improved therapeutic index by integrating structure-activity and structure-metabolism relationships; however, they achieve it by different means: whereas soft drugs are new, active therapeutic agents that undergo predictable metabolism to inactive metabolites after exerting their desired therapeutic effect, CDSs are biologically inert molecules that provide enhanced and targeted delivery of an active drug to a particular organ or site through a designed sequential metabolism that involves several steps.
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    ABSTRACT: Although well established in clinical practice, both propofol and midazolam have limitations. New hypnotics with different and potentially superior pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are under development. These include the benzodiazepine receptor agonists CNS7056 and JM-1232 (-), the etomidate-based methoxycarbonyl-etomidate and carboetomidate, the propofol-related structures PF0713 and fospropofol, and THRX-918661/AZD3043. The basic pharmacology and the initial anaesthesia studies for each of these agents are reviewed. Several of the agents (CNS7056, THRX-918661/AZD3043, and fospropofol) have reached the stage of clinical trials. To be successful, novel compounds need to establish clear clinical advantages over existing agents and where possible the new agents are discussed in this context. Computer-controlled drug administration offers the ability to automatically implement infusion schemes too complex for manual use and the possibility of linking patient monitoring to administration to enhance patient safety.
    BJA British Journal of Anaesthesia 09/2010; 105(3):246-54. DOI:10.1093/bja/aeq190 · 4.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Propofol can be associated with delayed awakening after prolonged infusion. The aim of this study was to characterize the preclinical pharmacology of AZD-3043, a positive allosteric modulator of the γ-aminobutyric acid type A (GABA(A)) receptor containing a metabolically labile ester moiety. The authors postulated that its metabolic pathway would result in a short-acting clinical profile. The effects of AZD-3043, propofol, and propanidid were studied on GABA(A) receptor-mediated chloride currents in embryonic rat cortical neurons. Radioligand binding studies were also performed. The in vitro stability of AZD-3043 in whole blood and liver microsomes was evaluated. The duration of the loss of righting reflex and effects on the electroencephalograph evoked by bolus or infusion intravenous administration were assessed in rats. A mixed-effects kinetic-dynamic model using minipigs permitted exploration of the clinical pharmacology of AZD-3043. AZD-3043 potentiated GABA(A) receptor-mediated chloride currents and inhibited [(35)S]tert-butylbicyclophosphorothionate binding to GABA(A) receptors. AZD-3043 was rapidly hydrolyzed in liver microsomes from humans and animals. AZD-3043 produced hypnosis and electroencephalograph depression in rats. Compared with propofol, AZD-3043 was shorter acting in rats and pigs. Computer simulation using the porcine kinetic-dynamic model demonstrated that AZD-3043 has very short 50 and 80% decrement times independent of infusion duration. AZD-3043 is a positive allosteric modulator of the GABA(A) receptor in vitro and a sedative-hypnotic agent in vivo. The esterase dependent metabolic pathway results in rapid clearance and short duration of action even for long infusions. AZD-3043 may have clinical potential as a sedative-hypnotic agent with rapid and predictable recovery.
    Anesthesiology 04/2012; 116(6):1267-77. DOI:10.1097/ALN.0b013e31825685a6 · 6.17 Impact Factor
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