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Neurotoxicity and pharmacokinetics of ventriculolumbar perfusion of methyl 6-[3-(2-chloroethyl)-3-nitrosoureido]-6-deoxy-alpha-D-gluco-pyranoside (MCNU) in dogs

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Ventriculolumbar perfusion of methyl 6-[3-(2-chloroethyl)-3-nitrosoureido]-6-deoxy-alpha-D-glucopyranoside (MCNU), a water soluble nitrosourea with log P-0.71, may be efficacious in the treatment of subarachnoid dissemination of malignant glioma. We used 2 dogs to study the neurotoxicity and pharmacokinetics of MCNU. MCNU (1 mg), dissolved in 10 ml of artificial CSF, was administered via the right lateral ventricle during a period of 18 to 42 min and the CSF was drained by lumbar puncture. The perfusion was repeated once a week for 10 consecutive weeks. No neurological and systemic symptoms were noted after perfusion. Histological examination of the brain and spinal cord showed local denudation of the ependyma and local subependymal spongy degeneration and gliosis in the lateral ventricle into which MCNU was administered in one dog and local denudation of the ependyma in the other. When administration was over a period of 21 to 38 min, the MCNU concentration in the lumbar CSF peaked at 11.11 to 50.67 Μg/ml, in 28 to 78 min. The area under the drug concentration-time curve (AUC) was 1152 Μg×min/ml on average, significantly larger than that of ACNU. The elimination phase followed linear kinetics and the half-time was 41.1 min on average, significantly longer than that of ACNU. These findings suggest that ventriculolumbar perfusion of MCNU may be effective in the treatment of subarachnoid dissemination of malignant glioma notwithstanding some local histological changes.

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Kochi, M., Takaki, S., Kuratsu, J.-. et al. Neurotoxicity and pharmacokinetics of ventriculolumbar perfusion of methyl 6-[3-(2-chloroethyl)-3-nitrosoureido]-6-deoxy-alpha-D-gluco-pyranoside (MCNU) in dogs. J Neuro-Oncol 19, 239–244 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01053277

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Key words

  • meningeal gliomatosis
  • methyl 6-[3-(2-chloroethyl)-3-nitrosoureido]-6-deoxy-alpha-D-gluco-pyranoside
  • ventriculolumbar perfusion
  • toxicity
  • pharmacokinetics