Biopharmaceutical aspects of intestinal drug absorption: Regional permeability and absorption-modifying excipients

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  • Plats: B41, BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala
  • Doktorand: Dahlgren, David
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  • Arrangör: Institutionen för farmaci
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Before an orally administered drug reaches the systemic circulation, it has to dissolve in the intestinal fluids, permeate across the intestinal epithelial cell barrier, and pass through the liver. The permeation rate of drug compounds can be low and show regional differences.

The thesis had two general aims. The first of these was, to determine and compare regional intestinal permeability values of model compounds in human and dog. The second was to understand the possible effects of absorption-modifying pharmaceutical excipients (AMEs) on the intestinal permeability of the model compounds. The usefulness of several preclinical animal models for predicting the impact of regional intestinal permeability and AMEs in human was also investigated.

There was a good correlation between human and dog permeability values in the small intestines for the model compounds. The colon in dog was substantially more permeable than the human colon to the low permeability drug, atenolol. This difference in colonic permeability may have implications for the use of dog as a model species for prediction of human intestinal drug absorption.

There were no effects of AMEs on the intestinal permeability of any of the high permeability compounds, in any animal model. In the rat single-pass intestinal perfusion model, there was a substantial increase in permeability of all low permeability drugs, induced by two AMEs, chitosan and SDS. This AME-induced increase was substantially lower in the more in vivo relevant rat and dog intraintestinal bolus models. A shorter AME exposure-time in the rat single-pass intestinal perfusion model (15 vs. 75 min) could, however, predict the result from the bolus studies in rat and dog. This illustrates the impact of intestinal transit and mucosal exposure time on AME effects in vivo. The intestinal luminal conditions and enteric neural activity also had an impact on determinations of drug permeability in the rat single-pass intestinal perfusion model, which can have implications for its in vivo relevance.

In summary, this thesis used multiple in vivo models to evaluate the impact of several biopharmaceutical processes on intestinal drug absorption. This has led to an increased understanding of these absorption mechanisms.