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Chest. 1997 Sep;112(3):607-13.

Pharmacokinetic study of alpha1-antitrypsin infusion in alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency.

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Department of Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, USA.



To ascertain how long 120 mg/kg alpha1-antitrypsin concentrate (alpha1-AT-C), administered I.V. every 2 weeks, can maintain alpha1-antitrypsin (alpha1-AT) serum levels above 70 to 80 mg/dL. Secondary objectives were to summarize the nature, severity, and relationship of a plasma-derived alpha1-AT-C infusion to any side effects.


This was an open-label uncontrolled pharmacokinetic study. Alpha1-AT-C was administered I.V. every 2 weeks for 10 infusions in 23 patients with PIZ alpha1-AT deficiency. Serum alpha1-AT levels and neutralizing elastase activity were measured preinfusion, postinfusion, and at nadir. During two infusion periods, daily serum alpha1-AT and neutralizing elastase activities were measured on the seventh to 14th days. Five patients received BAL assays for alpha1-AT and neutralizing elastase activity. Adverse events were recorded in a patient diary and by a nurse at each infusion visit.


The 120-mg/kg dose of alpha1-AT-C could not maintain nadir serum protective levels above 70 or 80 mg/dL for the entire 14-day dosing interval in most patients. None of the patients had alpha1-AT levels above 80 mg/dL for all 14 days. The serum alpha1-AT and neutralizing elastase levels correlated suggesting functional activity. The BAL alpha1-AT and neutralizing elastase activities were low and did not correlate with serum levels.


Alpha1-AT-C at 120 mg/kg administered every 2 weeks did not maintain nadir serum alpha1-AT levels above 70 to 80 mg/dL for a 14-day dosing interval. Higher doses every 2 weeks or decreased interval between infusions may be required.

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