Cyclosporin A disposition following acute traumatic brain injury

Philip E. Empey, Patrick J. McNamara, Byron Young, Margaret Bonnie Rosbolt, Jimmi Hatton

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Although the precise mechanism of action remains to be defined, Cyclosporin A (CsA) has demonstrated potential for neuroprotection in animal models. Predictive dosing strategies for CsA in acute traumatic brain injured (TBI) patients must account for the influence of the acute phase response on drug disposition. To characterize CsA pharmacokinetic parameters early following acute TBI, serial blood samples from patients enrolled into a Phase II dose-escalation trial were analyzed. Within eight hours of injury, thirty patients admitted with acute severe TBI were prospectively randomized into three cohorts (n = 8 CsA; n = 2 placebo per cohort) in this dose-escalation trial. Patients received one of three doses (I = 0.625 mg/kg/dose; II = 1.25 mg/kg/dose; III = 2.5 mg/kg/dose) or placebo intravenously every 12 h for 72 h. Serial blood collection began prior to dose 1 and continued for 72 h following the completion of six doses. Whole blood concentrations were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with ultraviolet (UV) detection. Pharmacokinetic parameters were determined for each patient by fitting the concentration-time profile to a two-compartmental model with first order elimination. Mean area under the curve and predicted maximal blood concentration increased with each dosing cohort (I = 9840 h*μg/L, 398 μg/L; II = 18300 h*μg/L, 645 μg/L; III = 32500 h*μg/L, 1300 μg/L). Whole blood clearance, steady state volume of distribution, and beta half-life were independent of dose and higher than published reports from other populations: 0.420 L/h/kg, 5.91 L/kg, and 17.3 h, respectively. These data show patients with acute severe TBI demonstrate a more rapid clearance and a larger distribution volume of CsA. Pharmacokinetic parameters derived from this study will guide dosing strategies for future prospective clinical trials evaluating CsA therapy following acute TBI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-116
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neurotrauma
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006


  • Cyclosporin A
  • Dosing
  • Human
  • Neuroprotection
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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