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Clinical pharmacology of the anticancer polypeptide neocarzinostatin


The clinical pharmacology of the anticancer polypeptide neocarzinostatin was studied in 16 patients with disseminated neoplasia using a radioimmunoassay technique. Patients who received 2,400–3,600 U of the drug per square meter BSA by rapid IV infusion had triphasic plasma decay curves. For eight patients with normal hepatic and renal function, neocarzinostatin mean plasma half-lives were 0.14, 0.50, and 7.7h. The mean plasma drug clearance was 32.4 ml/min/m2 and the apparent volume of distribution 19.3l/m2. Two patients with liver dysfunction had shorter terminal plasma half-lives and greater drug clearances, while two with renal disease exhibited prolonged plasma half-lives and reduced drug clearances. The mean cumulative urinary excretion of neocarzinostatin was 69.1% of the administered dose at 72 h in three patients with normal hepatic and renal function. One patient with liver disease excreted 90.4%, while a patient with renal disease excreted only 58.1% of the dose in 24 h. In one patient with marked liver disease, biliary excretion accounted for 0.1% of the administered dose in 72 h. Cerebrospinal fluid concentrations of neocarzinostatin studied in two patients showed a CSF penetration of about 16% the plasma concentration at 1–5 h; concentrations persisted for 19 h in one patient with an Omayha reservoir. Neocarzinostatin was rapidly cleared from the plasma and eliminated in the urine. Dosage reductions of 50% are recommended for patients with impaired renal function, while no reduction or escalated doses could be tolerated by patients with liver disease. The pharmacologic data suggest a continuous IV infusion may be a more toxic but perhaps more effective schedule of administration.

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Hall, S.W., Knight, J., Broughton, A. et al. Clinical pharmacology of the anticancer polypeptide neocarzinostatin. Cancer Chemother. Pharmacol. 10, 200–204 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00255763

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  • Liver Disease
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Drug Clearance
  • Plasma Decay
  • Marked Liver