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Drug Metab Dispos. 2011 Jul;39(7):1181-7. doi: 10.1124/dmd.111.039099. Epub 2011 Mar 25.

Ocular pharmacokinetics of mapracorat, a novel, selective glucocorticoid receptor agonist, in rabbits and monkeys.

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Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Bausch & Lomb, Inc., Rochester, NY 14609, USA.


Mapracorat is a selective glucocorticoid receptor agonist in development for the treatment of a variety of ocular diseases. The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the ocular pharmacokinetics of mapracorat after topical dosing over a range of dose levels in rabbits and monkeys. Mapracorat was administered over a range of doses from 0.01 to 3000 μg/eye (rabbit) or 50 to 3000 μg/eye (monkey). All animals received a single instillation, and monkeys also received repeated (three times per day for 4 days) instillations. At predetermined intervals through at least 24 h after dosing, ocular tissues and plasma were collected and analyzed for mapracorat by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Mapracorat was rapidly absorbed and widely distributed into ocular tissues after topical ocular administration, with measurable levels sustained through ≥24 h. In both species, mapracorat concentrations were highest in tears followed by conjunctiva and cornea, with lower levels observed in iris/ciliary body and aqueous humor. Mapracorat concentrations in conjunctiva, cornea, and iris/ciliary body increased linearly with increasing dose levels. Ocular exposure was higher after repeated dosing to monkeys than after a single dose. Systemic exposure to mapracorat was low after a single administration, with an average maximal concentration of ≤2.0 ng/ml at the highest dose tested (3000 μg/eye). In comparison with the traditional glucocorticoids, dexamethasone (0.1%) and prednisolone acetate (1%), mapracorat (3%) demonstrated similar or higher levels in ocular tissues with lower systemic exposure. The favorable pharmacokinetic profile of mapracorat supports further clinical investigation and suggests that a convenient daily dosing regimen may be efficacious for this novel ophthalmic anti-inflammatory therapy.

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