Development of Fc-Fused Cocaine Hydrolase for Cocaine Addiction Treatment: Catalytic and Pharmacokinetic Properties

Xiabin Chen, Jing Deng, Wenpeng Cui, Shurong Hou, Jinling Zhang, Xirong Zheng, Xin Ding, Huimei Wei, Ziyuan Zhou, Kyungbo Kim, Chang Guo Zhan, Fang Zheng

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Cocaine abuse is a worldwide public health and social problem without a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medication. Accelerating cocaine metabolism that produces biologically inactive metabolites by administration of an efficient cocaine hydrolase (CocH) has been recognized as a promising strategy for cocaine abuse treatment. However, the therapeutic effects of CocH are limited by its short biological half-life (e.g., 8 h or shorter in rats). In this study, we designed and prepared a set of Fc-fusion proteins constructed by fusing Fc(M3) with CocH3 at the N-terminus of CocH3. A linker between the two protein domains was optimized to improve both the biological half-life and catalytic activity against cocaine. It has been concluded that Fc(M3)-G6S-CocH3 not only has fully retained the catalytic efficiency of CocH3 against cocaine but also has the longest biological half-life (e.g., ∼ 136 h in rats) among all of the long-acting CocHs identified so far. A single dose (0.2 mg/kg, IV) of Fc(M3)-G6S-CocH3 was able to significantly attenuate 15 mg/kg cocaine-induced hyperactivity for at least 11 days (268 h) after the Fc(M3)-G6S-CocH3 administration.

Original languageEnglish
Article number53
JournalAAPS Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2018

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  • cocaine
  • drug abuse
  • metabolic enzyme
  • protein engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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