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Neuropsychobiology. 2009;59(2):100-9. doi: 10.1159/000212379. Epub 2009 Apr 10.

Double-blind, placebo-controlled, multiple-ascending-dose study on the pharmacodynamics of ABIO-08/01, a new CNS drug with potential anxiolytic activity. 1. EEG mapping, psychometric and tolerability findings.

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Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.


In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, multiple-ascending-dose study, the encephalotropic and psychotropic properties of ABIO-08/01, a new potentially anxiolytic and nootropic isoxazoline, were studied in 16 young healthy males. In a randomized nonbalanced phase 1 study, they received 3 oral drug doses (10, 20, 40 mg) and placebo for 7 days (washout period 8 days). EEG mapping and psychometry were carried out at hours 0, 1, 6 of day 1 (acute effect) and day 5 (subacute and superimposed effects). MANOVA/ Hotelling T(2) test demonstrated significant central effects of ABIO-08/01 versus placebo after acute, subacute and superimposed administration of all doses in the resting, vigilance-controlled and eyes-open EEG. Univariate analysis revealed activating patterns in the resting EEG (40 mg > 20 mg > 10 mg), and sedative patterns in the eyes-open EEG (10 mg > 20 mg > 40 mg). In the vigilance-controlled EEG, 40 mg of ABIO-08/01 induced activating patterns, whereas 10 mg induced sedative patterns. Concerning psychometry, ABIO-08/01 improved concentration (40 mg > 20 mg > 10 mg; activating effect) and deteriorated well-being (10 mg > 20 mg > 40 mg; sedative effect). Ten milligrams also improved reaction time performance and psychomotor activity. ABIO-08/01 is well-tolerated and is of interest in anxiety disorders.

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