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Eur J Drug Metab Pharmacokinet. 2012 Jun;37(2):99-108. doi: 10.1007/s13318-011-0060-y. Epub 2011 Aug 28.

Probiotics decreased the bioavailability of the bile acid analog, monoketocholic acid, when coadministered with gliclazide, in healthy but not diabetic rats.

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School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.


In recent studies we showed that gliclazide has no hypoglycemic effect on type 1 diabetic (T1D) rats while MKC does, and their combination exerted a better hypoglycemic effect than MKC alone. We also showed that the most hypoglycemic effect was noticed when T1D rats were treated with probiotics then gavaged with MKC + gliclazide (blood glucose decreased from 24 ± 3 to 10 ± 2 mmol/l). The aim of this study is to investigate the influence of probiotics on MKC pharmacokinetics when coadministered with gliclazide, in T1D rats. 80 male Wistar rats (weight 350 ± 50 g) were randomly allocated into 8 groups (10 rats/group), 4 of which were injected with alloxan (30 mg/kg) to induce T1D. Group 1 was healthy and group 2 was diabetic. Groups 3 (healthy) and 4 (diabetic) were gavaged with probiotics (75 mg/kg) every 12 h for 3 days and 12 h later all groups received a single oral dose of MKC + gliclazide (4 and 20 mg/kg respectively). The remaining 4 groups were treated in the same way but administered MKC + gliclazide via the i.v. route. Blood samples collected from T1D rats prior to MKC + gliclazide revealed that probiotic treatment alone reduced blood glucose levels twofold. When coadministered with gliclazide, the bioavailability of MKC was reduced in healthy rats treated with probiotics but remained the same in diabetic pretreated rats. The decrease in MKC bioavailability, when administered with gliclazide, caused by probiotic treatment in healthy but not diabetic rats suggests that probiotic treatment induced MKC metabolism or impaired its absorption, only in healthy animals. The different MKC bioavailability in healthy and diabetic rats could be explained by different induction of presystemic elimination of MKC in the gut by probiotic treatment.

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