Min-Koo Choi

Dankook University, Eidō, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea

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Publications (47)107.77 Total impact

  • Im-Sook Song · Jin-Sun Cha · Min-Koo Choi ·

    Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40005-015-0216-x
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    ABSTRACT: A simple, accurate and cost-effective ultraviolet-high performance liquid chromatography (UV-HPLC) assay method was developed and validated for the determination of derivatized memantine, a representative oral noncompetitive N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor antagonist to treat Alzheimer’s disease, in dissolution medium. Optimized derivatization process of memantine was performed with 9-fluorenylmethyl-chloroformate (FMOC), and injected with the UV-HPLC system for quantitation. Derivatized memantine were separated on a reverse phase C18 column (Shiseido, 250 × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) with a mixture of 50 mM phosphate buffer (pH 4, adjusted with orthophosphoric acid) and Acetonitrile (20:80, v/v), at a flow rate of 2.0 mL/min. UV detection was monitored at 265 nm. The detector response was specific and linear over the concentration range of 1.0–20.0 μg/mL. Validation parameters of derivatized memantine with the sensitivity, selectivity, linearity, accuracy, precision and stability in dissolution medium (pH 1.2) were acceptable based on International Conference on Harmonization Q2 (R1). The assay method validated in this work was successfully applied for a dissolution study of a commercial tablet containing memantine hydrochloride (i.e., Ebixa®, 10 mg). Thus, the developed method would be appropriate for routine in vitro dissolution studies of memantine hydrochloride tablet. © 2015, The Korean Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology.
    Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation 06/2015; 45(5). DOI:10.1007/s40005-015-0184-1
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    ABSTRACT: To overcome the low oral bioavailability of morin, a mixed micelle formulation with pharmaceutical excipients that facilitate solubilization and modulate P-glycoprotein (P-gp) was developed and evaluated in vitro and in vivo rats. Morin-loaded mixed micelle formulation with a morin-PluronicF127-Tween80 ratio of 1 : 10 : 0.02 (w/w/w) was prepared by a thin-film hydration method. The solubility, size distribution, drug encapsulation efficiency, and percent drug loading of the formulation were characterized. Subsequently, in vivo pharmacokinetic parameters of morin loaded in a PluronicF127 and Tween80 mixed-micelle formulation were investigated in rats. Absolute bioavailability of morin was dramatically increased by the oral administration of morin-loaded PluronicF127 and Tween80 mixed micelle from 0.4% to 11.2% without changing the systemic clearance and half-life. In Caco-2 cells, absorption permeability of morin from the novel formulation was increased 3.6-fold compared with that of morin alone. P-gp inhibition by cyclosporine A (CsA) increased absorptive permeability of morin 2.4-fold but decreased the efflux of morin by 52%, which was consistent with increased plasma concentration of morin in the pretreatment of CsA in rats. The morin formulation inhibited P-gp transport activity by 83.1% at 100 µM as morin concentration. Moreover, morin formulation increased paracellular permeability of Lucifer yellow by 1.6-1.8 fold. In conclusion, enhanced oral bioavailability of morin from morin-loaded PluronicF127 and Tween80 mixed micelle formulation can be attributed to increased intestinal permeation of morin, which was mediated at least by P-gp inhibition and enhanced paracellular route.
    Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin 02/2015; 38(2):208-17. DOI:10.1248/bpb.b14-00508 · 1.83 Impact Factor
  • In-Soo Yoon · Jun-Hyeng Son · Sang-Bum Kim · Min-Koo Choi · Han-Joo Maeng ·

    Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin 01/2015; 38(11):1732-1737. DOI:10.1248/bpb.b15-00356 · 1.83 Impact Factor
  • Mihwa Kwon · Young A Choi · Min-Koo Choi · Im-Sook Song ·
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    ABSTRACT: Berberine, the main active component of the herbal medicine Rhizoma Coptidis, has been reported to have hypoglycemic and insulin-sensitizing effects and, therefore, could be combined with metformin therapy. Thus, we assessed the potential drug-drug interactions between berberine and metformin. We investigated the in vitro inhibitory potency of berberine on metformin uptake in HEK293 cells overexpressing organic cation transporter (OCT) 1 and 2. To investigate whether this inhibitory effect of berberine on OCT1 and OCT2 could change the pharmacokinetics of metformin in vivo, we measured the effect of berberine co-administration on the pharmacokinetics of metformin at a single intravenous dose of 2 mg/kg metformin and 10 mg/kg berberine. In HEK293 cells, berberine inhibited OCT1- and OCT2-mediated metformin uptake in a concentration dependent manner and IC50 values for OCT1 and OCT2 were 7.28 and 11.3 μM, respectively. Co-administration of berberine increased the initial plasma concentration and AUC of metformin and decreased systemic clearance and volume of distribution of metformin in rats, suggesting that berberine inhibited disposition of metformin, which is governed by OCT1 and OCT2. Berberine inhibited the transport activity of OCT1 and OCT2 and showed significant potential drug-drug interactions with metformin in in vivo rats.
    Archives of Pharmacal Research 10/2014; 38(5). DOI:10.1007/s12272-014-0510-6 · 2.05 Impact Factor
  • Min-Koo Choi · Min-Hye Kim · Han-Joo Maeng · Im-Sook Song ·
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to investigate the contributions of a sodium-dependent concentrative nucleoside transporter (CNT) 1 and an equilibrative nucleoside transporter (ENT) 1 to ribavirin uptake in human hepatocytes. The initial studies in oocytes expressing CNT1 and ENT1 showed increases in ribavirin uptake, indicating that ribavirin was a substrate for both CNT1 and ENT1. The CNT1- and ENT1-mediated ribavirin uptake showed concentration dependency with the following kinetics parameters: Km 26.3 μM and Vmax 426.2 fmol/min/oocyte for CNT1; Km 70.5 μM and Vmax 134.3 fmol/min/oocyte for ENT1. Ribavirin uptake clearance in six human hepatocytes ranged from 21.3 to 300.7 μL/min. Estimation of the contributions of CNT1 and ENT1 to the hepatic uptake of ribavirin by using a relative activity factor method indicated that the relative contribution of ENT1 to the ribavirin uptake was 82.8 ± 3.9 %. Real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis of CNT1 and ENT1 expressions in the hepatocytes showed that ENT1 mRNA expression was closely correlated with ribavirin uptake (R = 0.95, P = 0.003) while CNT1 was not. The findings indicated that ENT1 was the major transporter controlling the hepatic uptake of ribavirin.
    Archives of Pharmacal Research 07/2014; 38(5). DOI:10.1007/s12272-014-0437-y · 2.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to develop a biobetter version of recombinant human interferon-β 1a (rhIFN-β 1a) to improve its biophysical properties, such as aggregation, production and stability, and pharmacokinetic properties without jeopardizing its activity. To achieve this, we introduced additional glycosylation into rhIFN-β 1a via site-directed mutagenesis. Glycoengineering of rhIFN-β 1a resulted in a new molecular entity, termed R27T, which was defined as a rhIFN-β mutein with two N-glycosylation sites at 80th (original site) and at an additional 25th amino acid due to a mutation of Thr for Arg at position 27th of rhIFN-β 1a. Glycoengineering had no effect on rhIFN-β ligand-receptor binding, as no loss of specific activity was observed. R27T showed improved stability and had a reduced propensity for aggregation and an increased half-life. Therefore, hyperglycosylated rhIFN-β could be a biobetter version of rhIFN-β 1a with a potential for use as a drug against multiple sclerosis.
    PLoS ONE 05/2014; 9(5):e96967. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0096967 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the in vitro metabolic stability and transport mechanism of TM-25659, a novel TAZ modulator, in human hepatocytes and human liver microsomes (HLMs) based on the preferred hepatobiliary elimination in rats. In addition, we also evaluated in vitro transport mechanism and transporter-mediated drug-drug interactions using oocytes and MDCKII cells overexpressing clinically important drug transporters. After 1 h incubation in HLMs, 92.9 ± 9.5% and 95.5 ± 11.6% of initial TM-25659 remained in the presence of NADPH and UDPGA, respectively. The hepatic uptake of TM-25659 readily accumulated in human hepatocytes at 37 °C (i.e. 6.7-fold greater than that at 4 °C), in which drug transporters such as OATP1B1 and OATP1B3 were involved. TM-25659 had a significantly greater basal to apical transport rate (5.9-fold) than apical to basal transport rate in the Caco-2 cell monolayer, suggesting the involvement of an efflux transport system. Further studies using inhibitors of efflux transporters and overexpressing cells revealed that MRP2 was involved in the transport of TM-25659. These results, taken together, suggested that TM-25659 can be actively influxed into hepatocytes and undergo biliary excretion without substantial metabolism. Additionally, TM-25659 inhibited the transport activities of OATP1B1 and OATP1B3 with IC50 values of 36.3 and 25.9 μM, respectively. TM-25659 (100 μM) increased the accumulation of probe substrate by 160% and 213%, respectively, through the inhibiton of efflux function of P-gp and MRP2. In conclusion, OATP1B1, OATP1B3, P-gp, and MRP2 might be major transporters responsible for the pharmacokinetics and drug-drug interaction of TM-25659, although their contribution to in vivo pharmacokinetics need to be further investigated. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition 04/2014; 35(3). DOI:10.1002/bdd.1883 · 2.34 Impact Factor
  • Min-Koo Choi · Im-Sook Song ·
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    ABSTRACT: We aimed to characterize the efflux transport properties of vardenafil and sildenafil, and to compare the kinetics of these compounds via efflux transporters such as P-gp, BCRP and MRP2. We measured the basal-to-apical and apical-to-basal transport of vardenafil and sildenafil within the concentration range of 1-100 µm using MDCKII cells overexpressing P-gp, BCRP and MRP2, and Caco-2 cells. Vardenafil had a much greater basal-to-apical than apical-to-basal transport rate in MDCKII cells overexpressing P-gp, BCRP and MRP2. Sildenafil showed P-gp- and BCRP-mediated efflux transport, but did not seem to be pumped out via MRP2 transporters. Consequently, the absorptive transport of vardenafil and sildenafil in Caco-2 cells increased linearly over the concentration range of 1-100 µm, whereas the secretory transport of these drugs was saturable and inhibited by the presence of specific inhibitors of P-gp and BCRP. MK571, a representative MRP2 inhibitor, inhibited the basal-to-apical transport of vardenafil, but not of sildenafil. The involvement of P-gp, BCRP and MRP2 for vardenafil and the involvement of P-gp and BCRP for sildenafil in the secretory transport with linear absorptive transport may contribute to the limited intestinal absorption of these drugs.
    08/2012; 64(8):1074-83. DOI:10.1111/j.2042-7158.2012.01498.x
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    ABSTRACT: Transport studies of model drugs were conducted across the human nasal epithelial (HNE) and normal human bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cell monolayers cultured by air–liquid interface method. Physicochemical properties (e.g., molecular weight, calculated partition coefficient, dose number) of model drugs were quoted from literatures and apparent permeability coefficients (P app) across the HNE and NHBE cell monolayers were directly measured. A linear relationship was observed between the P app values of model drugs in the HNE and NHBE cell monolayers. As the molecular weight of model drugs increased, the P app showed a decreasing pattern while the increase of partition coefficients resulted in the increment of P app. These results indicated that the transport of model drugs across both cell monolayers followed mainly the passive diffusion mechanism, although substrates mediated by drug transporters showed a deviating pattern. It was also interesting to note that almost all model drugs could be grouped into the same biopharmaceutics classification system as that classified by the human intestinal permeability when the P app was plotted as a function of dose number (D 0) of each drug.
    Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation 06/2012; 42(3). DOI:10.1007/s40005-012-0020-9
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    ABSTRACT: We recently reported that Val-SN-38, a novel valine ester prodrug of SN-38, had greatly improved the intracellular accumulation of SN-38 in MCF-7 cell line, probably through enhanced uptake via amino acid transporters. In the present study, the efficacy of Val-SN-38 was further investigated both in vitro and in vivo. It was found that the in vitro cytotoxic effect of Val-SN-38 was similar to that of SN-38. Moreover, Val-SN-38 exhibited an equal potency to that of SN-38 in survival experiments in vivo. Because these results seemed to be contrary to the previous finding, further investigation was performed to find out the underlying cause of the contradiction. As only the lactone form is known to have cytotoxic activity, the proportion of lactone in Val-SN-38 and SN-38 was determined, but no differences were found. However, it turned out that Val-SN-38 had poor stability compared with SN-38, which resulted in a decrease in beneficial efficacy for Val-SN-38. Overall, the present study showed that a valine-added prodrug approach could be advantageous provided that the stability of the compound can be ensured. We believe this is a noteworthy study that unravels the discrepancy between intracellular accumulation and efficacy of valine-added prodrug.
    Biomolecules and Therapeutics 05/2012; 20(3):326-331. DOI:10.4062/biomolther.2012.20.3.326 · 1.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The concentrative nucleoside transporter CNT1 and equilibrated nucleoside transporter ENT1 mediate the cellular uptake of naturally occurring pyrimidine and purine nucleosides and many structurally diverse anticancer and antiviral nucleoside analogs, thereby regulating drug responses or toxicity at the target site. The objectives of this study were to analyze interindividual variations in the cellular accumulation of gemcitabine and to examine the correlation between the uptake of gemcitabine and expression levels of CNT1 and ENT1 transporters. Gemcitabine was a substrate for both CNT1 and ENT1 with higher affinity to CNT1 than to ENT1. The difference in gemcitabine uptake was 4.8-fold in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from 10 subjects. Among these, the CNT1- and ENT1-mediated uptake of gemcitabine was 14.3- and 16.5-folds, respectively. CNT1-mediated gemcitabine uptake showed a higher correlation with the CNT1 expression level than did ENT1-mediated uptake with ENT1 expression level. In conclusion, CNT1 seemed to be a major contributing factor to gemcitabine uptake in PBMCs and showed 14.3-fold inter-individual variations. However, ENT1-mediated uptake of gemcitabine might compensate for the total uptake of gemcitabine; therefore, the variation in the apparent accumulation of gemcitabine was smaller than that of the individual transporters.
    Archives of Pharmacal Research 05/2012; 35(5):921-7. DOI:10.1007/s12272-012-0518-8 · 2.05 Impact Factor
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    Min-Koo Choi · Im-Sook Song ·
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study, we examined the roles of specific multidrug resistance proteins (MRPs) in the efflux transport of the phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, vardenafil and sildenafil. Using MDCKII cells overexpressing MRP1, MRP2, and MRP3 (MDCKII-MRP1, -MRP2, and MRP3, respectively) as model systems, we measured the basal to apical and apical to basal transport of vardenafil and sildenafil at concentrations ranging from 1 to 100 μM. Vardenafil had a much greater basal to apical than apical to basal transport rate in MDCKII-MRP1, -MRP2, and MRP3 cells, suggesting that vardenafil is a substrate for MRP1, MRP2, and MRP3. In contrast, the basal to apical and apical to basal transport rate were similar to each other in each of the MRPs-overexpressing MDCKII cells, indicating that sildenafil was not pumped out via MRP1, MRP2, and MRP3. Vardenafil efflux from MDCKII-MRP1, MRP2, and MRP3 cells was concentration dependent and occurred with K m values of 48.2 ± 15.5, 12.8 ± 4.18, and 14.1 ± 7.4 μM, respectively. In conclusion, MRP1, MRP2, and MRP3 may influence the absorption, disposition, and cellular accumulation of vardenafil, but not sildenafil.
    Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation 04/2012; 42(2). DOI:10.1007/s40005-012-0012-9
  • Min-Koo Choi · Im-Sook Song ·
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    ABSTRACT: The study sought to investigate the effect of genetic variants of OCT1 (OCT1-P283L and -P341L) and OCT2 (OCT2-T199I, -T201M and -A270S), which were identified in a Korean population, on the transport of lamivudine in vitro and to compare the substrate dependent effects of OCT1 and OCT2 variants with 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+), tetraethyl ammonium (TEA), metformin and lamivudine as substrates for these transporters. When the transport kinetics of lamivudine uptake in oocytes overexpressing OCT1 and OCT2 wild-type (WT) and variant proteins were measured, lamivudine uptake mediated by OCT1-WT was saturable, and uptake was decreased in oocytes expressing OCT1-P283L and -P341L variants compared with that in OCT1-WT. The Clint of lamivudine in oocytes expressing OCT1-P283L was decreased by 85.1% compared with OCT1-WT, whereas it was decreased by 48.7% in oocytes expressing OCT1-P341L. The Clint of lamivudine in oocytes expressing OCT2-T199I, -T201M and -A270S was decreased by 86.2%, 88.9% and 73.6%, respectively, compared with OCT2-WT. When comparing various substrates such as MPP+, TEA, metformin and lamivudine, the effects of the OCT1 genetic polymorphisms on their uptake were not identical. However, contrary to the case of OCT1, the uptake of MPP+, TEA, metformin and lamivudine in oocytes expressing OCT2-T199I, -T201M and -A270S variants was decreased significantly compared with that in oocytes expressing OCT2-WT. In conclusion, the effect of genetic variations of OCT1 and OCT2 on the uptake of MPP+, TEA, metformin and lamivudine was substrate-dependent.
    Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition 04/2012; 33(3):170-8. DOI:10.1002/bdd.1783 · 2.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The effect of fatty acids on the skin permeation of donepezil base (DPB) and its hydrochloride salt (DPH) were studied in vitro using hairless mouse and human cadaver skin. DPB and DPH were solubilized in propylene glycol (PG) containing 1% (w/v) fatty acid, after which the in vitro permeation through hairless mouse skin and human cadaver skin were evaluated using Keshary-Chien diffusion cells. The optimized formulation obtained from the in vitro study was then tested in rats for an in vivo pharmacokinetic study. The relative in vitro skin permeation rate of donepezil (DP) through the hairless mouse skin showed a parabolic relationship with increased carbon length of the fatty acid enhancers. Among the fatty acids tested, oleic acid for DPB and palmitoleic acid for DPH showed the highest enhancing effect, respectively. Both the permeation rates of DPB and DPH evaluated in human cadaver skin were in good correlation with those in hairless mouse skin, regardless of the presence of fatty acids. This suggests that the mouse skin model serves as a useful in vitro system that satisfactorily represents the characteristics of the human skin. Moreover, based on the in vitro results, the optimal formulation that could maintain the human plasma concentration of 50 ng/mL was determined to be 10mg DP with 1% (w/v) enhancer. When the DP transdermal formulations were applied to the abdominal skin of rats (2.14 cm(2)), the C(ss) was maintained for 48 h, among which the highest value of 52.21 ± 2.09 ng/mL was achieved with the DPB formulation using oleic acid. These results showed that fatty acids could enhance the transdermal delivery of DP and suggested the feasibility of developing a novel transdermal delivery system for clinical use.
    International Journal of Pharmaceutics 01/2012; 422(1-2):83-90. DOI:10.1016/j.ijpharm.2011.10.031 · 3.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It is well known that the CYP2C19 genetic polymorphism influences the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), but no report has addressed the effects on ilaprazole, a newly developed PPI. To investigate the effects of the CYP2C19 genetic polymorphism on the disposition and pharmacodynamics of ilaprazole, multiple doses of once-daily 10 mg ilaprazole were repeatedly administered for 7 days to 27 healthy Korean participants, comprising 9 homozygous CYP2C19 extensive metabolizers (homo EMs), 10 heterozygous EMs (hetero EMs), and 8 homozygous poor metabolizers (PMs). The plasma concentration and pharmacodynamic response were measured in the last dose interval. Each genotype group was matched for gender and thus was composed of 4 male and 4 female participants when the analysis was conducted. The pharmacokinetic parameters estimated from the plasma concentrations of ilaprazole and its metabolite ilaprazole sulfone, the serum gastrin level, and the 24-hour intragastric pH were compared among the CYP2C19 genotype groups. No statistically significant differences in the maximum plasma concentration at steady state(C(ss,max)) and the area under the concentration-time curve from zero to 24 hours (AUC(τ)) of ilaprazole and ilaprazole sulfone were observed among the homo EM, hetero EM, and PM CYP2C19 genotypes. In addition, the mean 24-hour intragastric pH, the percentage of time at pH >4, and the AUC(τ) of serum gastrin showed no significant differences among the CYP2C19 genotype groups. The data suggests that the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of ilaprazole are not significantly influenced by the CYP2C19 genetic polymorphism in healthy participants.
    The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 05/2011; 52(7):976-84. DOI:10.1177/0091270011408611 · 2.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Ketoconazole and rifampin are the most widely used compounds examined in recent drug-drug interaction (DDI) studies, and they have multiple roles in modulating drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters. To determine the underlying mechanisms of DDI, this study was performed to investigate the inhibitory effects of ketoconazole and rifampin on the functions of OAT1 and OATP1B1, and to evaluate the potential of ketoconazole and rifampin for DDI with substrate drugs for these transporters in a clinical setting. Ketoconazole inhibited OATP1B1-mediated transport activity, while rifampin inhibited OAT1 and OATP1B1. Inhibition by rifampin and ketoconazole of the uptake of olmesartan, a substrate for OAT1 and OATP1B1, was evaluated in oocytes overexpressing these transporters. The K(i) values for rifampin on OAT1 and OATP1B1-mediated olmesartan uptake were 62.2 and 4.42 µM, respectively, and the K(i) value for ketoconazole on OATP1B1-mediated olmesartan uptake was 66.1 µM. As measured plasma concentrations of rifampin and ketoconazole were 7.29 and 6.4-13.3 µM, respectively, the likelihood of an OATP1B1-mediated drug-drug interaction between rifampin and olmesartan is thought to be possible, whereas OAT1 or OATP1B1-mediated DDI between rifampin or ketoconazole and olmesartan appears unlikely in the clinical setting.
    Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition 04/2011; 32(3):175-84. DOI:10.1002/bdd.749 · 2.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: 1. The pharmacokinetics of metoprolol after intravenous (IV) (0.5, 1, and 2 mg/kg) and oral (1, 2, and 5 mg/kg) administration, and the intestinal and hepatic first-pass extraction of metoprolol after IV, intraportal, and intraduodenal (1 and 2 mg/kg) administration were comprehensively assessed in rats. 2. Metoprolol exhibited dose-independent pharmacokinetics after IV administration, and dose-dependent pharmacokinetics after oral administration probably due to the saturable first-pass extraction of metoprolol. At doses where metoprolol exhibited dose-independent pharmacokinetics (1 and 2 mg/kg), complete absorption (>99.2%) and low F (<0.245) after oral administration were observed. The intestinal and hepatic first-pass extraction ratio (E(G) and E(H), respectively) of metoprolol were approximately 0.45 and 0.60, respectively (equivalent to approximately 45% and 30% of orally administered dose, respectively), suggesting considerable contribution of intestinal first-pass extraction to the low F of metoprolol in rats. 3. The E(G) in rats was predicted from in vitro clearance and/or permeability data utilizing the Q(Gut) model and well-stirred model (0.347 and 0.626, respectively). The predicted E(G) values were in good agreement with the observed in vivo E(G) (0.492-0.443), suggesting the utility of the prediction of in vivo intestinal first-pass extraction from the in vitro clearance using intestinal microsomes.
    Xenobiotica 03/2011; 41(3):243-51. DOI:10.3109/00498254.2010.538090 · 2.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: P-glycoprotein (P-gp) is an efflux transporter encoded by the multidrug resistance gene (MDR1), which is also known as the human ABCB1 gene (ATP-binding cassette, subfamily-B). The objectives of this study were to investigate the expression of P-gp in passaged primary human nasal epithelial (HNE) cell monolayer, cultured by the air-liquid interface (ALI) method, and to evaluate its feasibility as an in-vitro model for cellular uptake and transport studies of P-gp substrates. Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was performed to verify the expression of the MDR1 gene. Transport and cellular uptake studies with P-gp substrate (rhodamine123) and P-gp inhibitors (verapamil and cyclosporin A) were conducted to assess the functional activity of P-gp in HNE cell monolayers cultured by the ALI method. MDR1 gene expression in primary HNE cell monolayers cultured by ALI method was confirmed by RT-PCR. The apparent permeability coefficient (P(app) ) of the P-gp substrate (rhodamine123) in the basolateral to apical (B to A) direction was 6.9 times higher than that in the apical to basolateral (A to B) direction. B to A transport was saturated at high rhodamine123 concentration, and the treatment of P-gp inhibitors increased cellular uptake of rhodamine123 in a time- and concentration-dependent manner. These results support the MDR1 gene expression and the functional activity of P-gp in primary HNE cell monolayers cultured by the ALI method.
    03/2011; 63(3):385-91. DOI:10.1111/j.2042-7158.2010.01221.x
  • Min-Koo Choi · Qing-Ri Jin · Sung-Hoon Ahn · Myung-Ae Bae · Im-Sook Song ·
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    ABSTRACT: To assess potential interactions between sitagliptin and metformin, we sought to characterize the in vitro inhibitory potency of sitagliptin on the uptake of MPP(+) and metformin, representative substrates for OCTs, and to evaluate the pharmacological pathways that may be affected by the combination of metformin and sitagliptin. Among the OATs and OCTs screened, OAT3-mediated salicylate uptake and OCT1- and OCT2-mediated MPP(+) uptake were inhibited by sitagliptin. The K(i) values of sitagliptin for OCT1- and OCT2-mediated metformin uptake were 34.9 and 40.8 μM, respectively. As OCT1 is the gate protein for metformin action in the liver, we investigated whether sitagliptin-mediated OCT1 inhibition affected metformin-induced activation of AMPK signalling. Treatment with sitagliptin in MDCK-OCT1 and HepG2 cells resulted in a reduced level of phosphorylated AMPK, with K(i) values of 38.8 and 43.3 μM, respectively. These results suggest that the inhibitory potential of sitagliptin on OCT1 may attenuate the first step of metformin action, that is, the phosphorylation of AMPK. Nevertheless, the likelihood of a drug-drug interaction between sitagliptin and metformin is believed to be remote in usual clinical setting.
    Xenobiotica 12/2010; 40(12):817-25. DOI:10.3109/00498254.2010.520349 · 2.20 Impact Factor

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  • 2011-2015
    • Dankook University
      • College of Pharmacy
      Eidō, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea
  • 2009-2011
    • Inje University
      • • PharmacoGenomics Research Center
      • • Department of Medicine and Premedicine
      Kŭmhae, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
    • Dongseo University
      • Division of Health Science
      Pusan, Busan, South Korea
  • 2005-2010
    • Seoul National University
      • • College of Pharmacy
      • • Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2007
    • Shenyang Pharmaceutical University
      • College of Pharmacy
      Feng-t’ien, Liaoning, China