Acetylcholinesterase inhibition by zifrosilone: Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

Neal R. Cutler, Randall D. Seifert, Margo M. Schleman, John J. Sramek, Olo J. Szylleyko, Danny R. Howard, Aaron Barchowsky, Thomas S. Wardle, Eric P. Brass

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Objective: To determine the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and safety of the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor zifrosilone in healthy male volunteers. Methods: Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and tolerance of zifrosilone were studied in a double-blind, sequential, single-escalating-dose, randomized panel design. Each panel consisted of six subjects, with four subjects receiving zifrosilone (10, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 200, 250, and 300 mg orally) and two subjects receiving matching placebo. Serial blood samples were obtained for zifrosilone plasma concentrations and red blood cell acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase activities. Participating subjects (n = 54) were men between the ages of 18 and 45 years. Each subject had a normal physical examination, electrocardiogram, serum chemistries, hematology, urinalysis, and test for human immunodeficiency virus at screening. Results: A greater than proportionate increase in mean plasma concentration values for area under the curve from time zero to infinity was observed over the 200 to 300 mg dose range groups. Red blood cell acetylcholinesterase showed a dose-inhibition relationship, with a mean maximum inhibition of 20.9% at 10 mg that increased to 62.1% at 300 mg. Butyrylcholinesterase activity was relatively unaffected by zifrosilone (<20% inhibition at 300 mg). For doses ≥ 200 mg, an E(max) pharmacodynamic model was used to describe the relationship between zifrosilone plasma concentration and red blood cell acetylcholinesterase inhibition (E(max) = 83.8%; EC50 = 0.65 ng/ml). Conclusions: Zifrosilone showed dose-dependent pharmacokinetics after oral administration and was effective in causing selective inhibition of red blood cell acetylcholinesterase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-61
Number of pages8
JournalClinical pharmacology and therapeutics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1995


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