ABCB1 Attenuates the Brain Penetration of the PARP Inhibitor AZD2461.


Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors are a relatively new class of anticancer agents that have attracted attention for treatment of glioblastoma because of their ability to potentiate temozolomide chemotherapy. Previous studies have demonstrated that sufficient brain penetration is a prerequisite for efficacy of PARP inhibitors in glioma mouse models. Unfortunately, however, most of the PARP inhibitors developed to date have a limited brain penetration due to the presence of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) at the blood-brain barrier. AZD2461 is a novel PARP inhibitor that is unaffected by P-gp mediated resistance in breast cancer models and thus appears to have promising characteristics for brain penetration. We here use a comprehensive set of in vitro and in vivo models to study the brain penetration and oral bioavailability of AZD2461. We report that AZD2461 has a good membrane permeability. However, it is a substrate of P-gp and BCRP, and P-gp in particular limits its brain penetration in vivo. We show that AZD2461 has a low oral bioavailability, although it is not affected by P-gp and BCRP. Together, these findings are not in favor of further development of AZD2461 for treatment of glioblastoma.

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Molecular pharmaceutics
  • Volume 15
  • Issue nr. 11
  • Pages 5236-5243
  • Publication date 05-11-2018

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