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Population Pharmacokinetic Modelling to Support the Evaluation of Preclinical Pharmacokinetic Experiments with Lorlatinib

, Wenlong Li, Jos H. Beijnen, Alfred H. Schinkel, Alwin D.R. Huitema,
Published: 23 September 2021

Abstract: The effect of transporters and enzymes on drug pharmacokinetics is increasingly evaluated using genetically modified animals that have these proteins either knocked-out or their human orthologues transgenically expressed. Analysis of pharmacokinetic data obtained in such experiments is typically performed using non-compartmental analysis (NCA), which has limitations such as not being able to identify the PK parameter that is affected by the genetic modification of the enzymes or transporters and the requirement of intense and homogeneous sampling of all subjects. Here we used a compartmental population pharmacokinetic modeling approach using PK data from a series of genetically modified mouse experiments with lorlatinib to extend the results and conclusions from previously reported NCA analyses. A compartmental population pharmacokinetic model was built and physiologically plausible covariates were evaluated for the different mouse strains. With the model, similar effects of the strains on the area under the concentration-time curve (AUC) from 0 to 8 hours were found as for the NCA. Additionally, the differences in AUC between the strains were explained by specific effects on clearance and bioavailability for the strain with human expressing CYP3A4. Finally, effects of multidrug efflux transporters ATP-binding cassette (ABC) sub-family B member 1 (ABCB1) and G member 2 (ABCG2) on brain efflux were quantified. Use of compartmental population PK modeling yielded additional insight into the role of drug-metabolizing enzymes and drug transporters in mouse experiments compared to the NCA. Furthermore, these models allowed analysis of heterogeneous pooled datasets and the sparse organ concentration data in contrast to classical NCA analyses.
Keywords: Pharmacokinetic modeling / pharmacometrics / pharmacokinetics / Transgenic animal models / preclinical / CYP-enzymes / ABC efflux transporters / Anti-cancer agents / NCA / non-compartmental analysis / AUC / area under the concentration-time curve / ABC / ATP-binding cassette / CYP / cytochrome P450 / BSV / between subject variability / RUV

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