Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic effects of an oral ghrelin agonist in healthy subjects

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  • Context: An oral formulation of EP01572, a peptidomimetic growth hormone secretagogue, was studied. An oral delivery system would be preferable in many of the possible therapeutic indications of ghrelin agonists such as EP01572. Objectives: Our objective was to establish the pharmacological profile and the GH-releasing activity of increasing oral doses of EP01572 in healthy volunteers. In addition, the pharmacokinetics and pharmacological effects of EP01572 were investigated after intraduodenal (ID) administration. Setting: This study was a single-center escalating dose study with oral and ID applications. Subjects and Methods: In the first part, EP01572 was given orally to 36 male subjects; the treatment consisted of one oral dose of either EP01572 or placebo (0.005, 0.05, and 0.5 mg/kg body weight). Six subjects received two additional oral doses of EP01572: 0.125 and 0.25 mg/kg body weight. In the second part, the following treatments were performed in a randomized order: 1) administration of a bolus of saline (placebo) to the small intestine; 2) ID administration of a bolus of EP01572 at 0.2 mg/kg body weight; 3) ID perfusion of a bolus of EP01572 at 0.35 mg/kg body weight; and 4) ID perfusion of a bolus of EP01572 at 0.5 mg/kg body weight. Results: The oral and ID administration of EP01572 induced a rapid and dose-dependent increase in plasma drug concentrations and a potent GH release in healthy male volunteers. Conclusions: This study showed that EP01572 was active with regard to stimulation of GH release in humans after oral and ID administration. Copyright © 2007 by The Endocrine Society.
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  • Piccoli F; Degen L; MacLean C; Peter S; Baselgia L; Larsen F; Beglinger C; Drewe J
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  • 1814
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  • 1820
  • Volume

  • 92
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  • 5