Pharmaceutical Research

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 110–116 | Cite as

Determination of the Rate-Limiting Step in the Hepatic Elimination of YM796 by Isolated Rat Hepatocytes

  • Takafumi Iwatsubo
  • Hiroshi Suzuki
  • Yuichi SugiyamaEmail author


Purpose. The membrane permeability clearance and intrinsic metabolic clearance of a drug in the liver were estimated using isolated rat hepatocytes, and the rate-limiting step in the overall intrinsic clearance of the drug in vivo was investigated. For this purpose, an anti-dementia drug, (S)-(-)-2,8-dimethyl-3-methylene-l-oxa-8-azaspiro [4,5] de-cane-L-tartarate monohydrate (YM796) was used as a model drug.

Methods. The parent drug and its metabolites in both medium and cells were separated by thin-layer chromatography (TLC). The total amount of drug taken up by hepatocytes and the total amount of metabolites were plotted against the AUC of YM796 in the medium or cells to obtain the kinetic parameters.

Results. While the influx clearance (PSint) through the sinusoidal membrane defined in terms of YM796 concentration in the medium was almost constant, irrespective of the concentration of YM796 in the medium, the intrinsic metabolic clearance (CLint) and the efflux clearance (PSeff) defined in terms of the total concentration of YM796 in the cells markedly decreased and increased, respectively, as the concentration of YM796 increased. The overall intrinsic metabolic clearance (Clint,all), defined in terms of the YM796 concentration in the medium, corresponding to the hepatic intrinsic clearance obtained from thein vivo pharmacokinetic data on the drug, was comparable with PSinf at low concentrations of YM796. As the YM796 concentration increased, however, Clint,all fell markedly approaching CLint.

Conclusions. While, at low concentrations of YM796, CLint,all was predominantly affected by membrane permeability clearance, at high concentrations it was completely rate-determined by the intrinsic metabolic clearance because of the marked reduction in CLint resulting from the saturation of YM796 metabolism.

clearance efflux hepatocytes influx membrane permeability metabolism rate-limiting step 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takafumi Iwatsubo
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Suzuki
    • 2
  • Yuichi Sugiyama
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Drug Metabolism LaboratoriesYamanouchi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.Itabashi-ku, TokyoJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesThe University of TokyoBunkyo-ku, TokyoJapan

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