Pharmacology : Introduction & Neoplasia Table of Contents: Overview of pharmacology ........................................................................................................................................2 Drugs and enzymes.................

....................................................................................................................................3 Receptors: Targets for Drug Action ............................................................................................................................4 Drug Metabolism ........................................................................................................................................................6 Principles of drug development .................................................................................................................................8 Complementary & alternative medicines ............................................................................................................... 10 Molecular Imaging ................................................................................................................................................... 11 Pharmacokinetics .................................................................................................................................................... 12 Autonomic Pharmacology I - Parasympathetic ....................................................................................................... 16 Autonomic Pharmacology II - Sympathetic ............................................................................................................. 19 An Overview of Cancer Chemotherapy ................................................................................................................... 23 Principles of antibody therapy for cancer ............................................................................................................... 26 Mechanisms and uses of antimetabolite drugs, signal transduction inhibitors, and anti-angiogenesis drugs in antineoplastic therapy............................................................................................................................................. 28 Cancer Chemoprevention........................................................................................................................................ 32 Antineoplastic alkylating agents and platinum compounds ................................................................................... 34 DNA Topoisomerase-targeted drugs and mitotic spindle poisons .......................................................................... 39


Overview of pharmacology
Egyptians had all kinds of prescriptions: active constituents, carriers, formulations, deliveries. Greeks & Romans used drugs like juniper oil (diuretic & abortifacient). Homer described opiates, Socrates took hemlock (glycine receptor agonist), Hippocraties didn’t like drugs, and Pedanius discordies (physician for Nero) wrote about 900+ drugs. Claudius Galenius made one of the best discoveries: don’t use urine & feces as drugs, but also advocated polypharmacy (which didn’t work, so people stopped studying drugs) 16th-18th c.: Ascorbate (vit. C) for scurvy , Quinine for malaria, Digitalis for dropsy (=CHF edema) from foxglove. Modern approaches: 1. Natural products – through 1960, usually studying extracts’ effects on animals or disease models, and then purifying compounds to study (in vivo / cellular, etc.). Analogs then synthesized & optimized 2. Drug target screens with synthetic compounds – “magic bullets” (Ehrlich’s approach, 1900-present). Screen compounds against organisms / receptors / enzymes & use “hits” as basis for more specific / potent analogs. E.g. salvarsan for syphilis. Precursor of combinatorial chemistry 3. Rational drug design (1970-present). Examine molecular target (protein target, ligand, substrate) & design high affinity molecules (e.g. ACE inhibitors, protease inhibitors). Manipulate synthetically as needed. 4. Biotechnology (1980-present). Genetically engineer proteins (e.g. recombinant insulin), monoclonal Ab (e.g. rituximab), maybe gene therapy in the future. Challenges:  Few well-validated human gene targets identified  Need “blockbusters” for big pharma to invest  Need to expand “chemical space” (more new classes of drugs)  Need rational approaches to ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion)


Drugs and enzymes
Constant Percent Effect  Many systems: function on a % effect basis (that is, constant % of cellular units affected per unit time regardless of # of units in the system.  E.g. same % of enzyme inhibited if you keep inhibitor concentration the same, same % of max velocity obtained if you keep substrate the same, same % of cancer cells killed if you keep chemo or radiation the same.  If X>>A (drug >> target, etc.), then it doesn’t matter how many targets there are – the same % will be affected (“field effect”). Absolute numbers will differ, however Graphing:  You can plot [AX] vs [X] (e.g. velocity vs. substrate, response vs. drug, binding vs. receptor) and get a saturated curve (rectangular hyperbola). If you use log([X]), you get a sigmoid curve (semilog plot).  The point where you’re at half max (inflection in semi-log plot) goes by different names: Km for enzyme, Ki for inhibitor, ED50 for drug, Kd for receptor binding. But it’s all the same – a measure of how the thing you’re analyzing works & at what concentration it’s effective.  If you vary the enzyme or target, when you’ve got a high amount of substrate, you see zero order kinetics (e.g. the amount doesn’t matter because you’re usually saturated).  In a rectangular hyperbola example, you’re usually in zero order situations at the point of saturation – you’re processing a constant amount of something per unit time.  When you’re in the linear early part of the curve, you’re in first order kinetics: processing a constant percentage per unit time. Inhibitors:  Competitive inhibitors change Km, not Vmax (changing how well it binds, but can be overwhelmed by more drug). Efficacy is the same (maximum effect)  Noncompetitive inhibitors change Vmax, not Km (same binding, just taking some enzyme out of picture). Efficacy is lowered.  So look at the graph: is Vmax changing? Then it’s noncompetitive. Is Km changing? Competitive.  Potency means you can get the same effect if you just use more of a dose (effect per dose) Scatchard plot has drug bound/ drug free on Y axis, drug bound on X-axis.  The x-intercept is Bmax, the highest amount of bound drug possible.  The slope is -1/Kd  Scatchard plot and Eadie-hofstee plots are reciprocals of the same graph. Therapeutic index: LD50/ED50. You want a big therapeutic index Kinetics: first order rate means that a constant % is removed per unit time. 𝐷𝑡 = 𝐷0 𝑒 −𝑘𝑡 Example: ethanol. One of very few substances that gets into zero order metabolism (constant amount) because you ingest in grams scale. 3

Receptors: Targets for Drug Action
Receptor attributes: discrimination (selective subtypes), sensitivity (respond to range of concentrations; range varies based on receptor), amplification (big downstream effects). Have different targets: membrane receptors, nuclear receptors Different signals: hormones, neurotransmitters, drugs, toxins Random interesting fact:  KD is an intrinsic / fundamental relationship (KI too)  ED50 is an experimentally observed relationship (IC50 too)

Model for receptor action: R + L ↔ RL ↔ RL   E (receptor binds ligand, undergoes conformational change, downstream effect results) Occupancy theory: biological effect (E) proportional to the concentration of the receptor-ligand complex ([RL]) Bioassay and ligand binding Effect of a drug/hormone/ligand is based on: 1. Ligand concentration around receptor 2. Receptor concentration 3. Affinity between ligand & receptor 4. Nature of post-binding cellular response Bioassay: quantitative analysis of Agonist action  Vary total ligand concentration (Lt) and measure biological effect (E)  Assume: occupancy theory holds, only one class of receptor, each receptor is independent   𝜸 = 𝑹𝑳

= 𝑬 𝑬


= 𝑲 𝑳

𝑳 𝜸

= occupancy KD = equilibrium dissociation constant Emax = maximum biological effect Rt= total receptor concentration 𝑫


Plot results as log dose response curve (LDR) At 1/10th KD, you get 10% of the max response o X-axis: log ([ligand]) At 10 times KD, you get 90% of the max response o Y-axis: effect o Estimate KD from ED50: SMALLER KD = MORE POTENT DRUG o Can use to compare drugs (multiple curves) or analyze antagonists vs agonists Agonist vs. Antagonist vs. Partial agonist o This only applies to competitive inhibitors. (noncompetitive inhibitors would lower the maximum effect – lower maximum on y-axis) o Competitive ligands compete for binding at the same receptor o Biological effect depends on  Concentration of each ligand  Their respective binding constants


Agonist Antagonist Partial agonist

Apply to receptor with no ligand Full effect (stimulation) No effect Partial effect (some stimulation)

Apply to receptor along with ligand No effect Full effect (inhibition) Partial effect (some inhibition)

(Note that to detect an antagonist, you need to start the system with some activity. Otherwise it might just be inert) Bioassay for antagonist action  Add ligand at constant concentration and then vary inhibitor concentration [I]  Plot as a log dose inhibition curve (like LDR curve but with inhibitor concentration on Xaxis on a log scale). IC50 is approximation for KI  Can use to compare various inhibitors as well  SMALLER KI = MORE POTENT INHIBITOR

Ligand Binding  Use labeled (radiolabeled) ligand  Vary ligand concentration [Lt]  Measure receptor-bound ligand concentration ([RL]) and free ligand concentration ([L])  Plot as either rectangular hyperbola or scatchard plot (RL/L vs RL on linear scale) where slope = -1/KD, intercept = Bmax (Rt) o Steeper line = higher affinity  Can also use the same method to see binding of inhibitor, but it won’t actually tell you what it’s doing: need to do a bioassay. o This method has no info about biological effect – could be agonist, antagonist, or partial agonist.

Receptors: can belong to different families; ligand binding & effector domains usually linked. Subtypes exist for most ligands (hormones, neurotransmitters, drugs). Subtypes can have different downstream effects & patterns of expression (in different tissues or at different times in development.


Drug Metabolism
Drug metabolism: generally producing more polar / water soluble conjugates (better excretion). Can sometimes make more active/toxic compound Liver is key for majority of drug metabolism. Important for:  Toxicity: sometimes you can generate toxic/teratogenic metabolites (e.g. thalidomide)  Activity: metabolites can be active (e.g. terfenadine)  Drug interactions (inhibition of metabolism): another drug can increase to toxic levels (e.g. ketoconazole and terfenadine)  Drug interactions (induction of metabolism): another drug can decrease to sub-therapeutic levels (e.g. rifampin and oral contraceptives) Almost no oral drugs are absorbed in stomach. Most absorbed in small intestine like food & have to pass through portal circulation to the liver (makes sense – want to detoxify them first.) First-pass metabolism: metabolism that drug goes through in that first pass through the liver (before reaching systemic circulation / “central compartment”)  “high extraction”: drugs that are taken up & heavily metabolized by hepatocytes during first pass; their hepatic clearance is dependent on liver blood flow  “low extraction”: negligible first-pass effect  How to circumvent: o Change the route of delivery (IV, sublingual, transdermal, rectal – distal colon to IVC) o Change the rate of metabolism (co-administer inhibitor of metabolism) Hepatic drug metabolism  Phase I: oxidation, reduction, hydrolysis. Cytochrome P450 enzymes or mixed-function oxidases. o CP450s: oxidation rxns, distinct classes, metabolize different groups of drugs  Similar to e- transport chain  Vast majority of drugs metabolized by CYP3A4 (and CYP2D6)  Example: thalidomide (metabolized to teratogenic metabolite by phase I rxn)  Phase II: glucuronidation (glucuronyl transferases), acetylation (N-acetyltransferases), methylation (methionine transferases), sulfation (sulfotransferases) o E.g. sulfanilamide  Both phases’ enzymes present in microsomal fraction of liver homogenate (located in SER, membraneassociated) Non-microsomal & extra-hepatic metabolism  Cytosolic / mitochondrial fractions: alcohol/aldehyde dehydrogenase, monoamine oxidase, proteases  Intestinal CYP450s: intestinal enzymes (including 3A4) may contribute to apparently poor oral bioavailability or high first pass metabolism (up to 50%). o Good for hepatotoxic toxins (teleologically)  Also glucuronyl transferases (e.g. kidney) but liver does most work  N-acetyltransferase in muscle – may play a role for “slow acetylators” CYP450s & drugs Drugs can be: substrates, inhibitors, & inducers of CYP450s (one drug can actually do all 3)  P450 inhibitor: any drug that inhibits the metabolism or biotransformation of another drug by enzymes in the cytochrome P450 family (competitive & reversible) – usually substrates too 6

Can inhibit one or several classes of P450s Major offenders: cimetidine (anti-ulcer), macrolide antibiotics (erythromycin), antifungal azoles (ketoconazole) o Example: terfenadine levels increase if administered with ketoconazole; original form of drug causes arrhythmias (before metabolized) P450 Inducer: Any drug that causes increased production of enzymes responsible for the metabolism or biotransformation of another drug (drug acts as promoter, increases transcription) o Increased mRNA levels (drug binds to enhancer elements upstream from enzyme coding region) o Major offenders: phenobarbitol (anticonvulsant); rifampin (antibiotic) – e.g. with contraceptives

o o

Effects of aging, disease, genetics Neonates: low levels of functional glucuronosyl transferases (until ~1 mo) – can be particularly susceptible to toxicity from toxins & drugs that are inactivated / cleared through glucuronidation Elderly: can have reduced liver blood flow / reduced Phase I capacity (underlying disease, aging)  Cirrhosis can affect drug clearance via 2 mechanisms o Liver fibrosis (reduced blood flow through portal circulation: less 1st pass effect, higher systemic concentrations of parent drugs o Decrease in functional hepatocytes = less phase I capacity (mostly late in liver dz)  Phase I reactions: impaired in acute & chronic liver disease;  Phase II (conjugations) usually only in end-stage liver disease Pharmacogenetics: polymorphisms in drug metabolism (altered amounts of enzymes or mutations in enzymes), mostly affecting promoter region (altered amount more common)  Classic example: Isoniazid (some are rapid metabolizers, some are slow metabolizers).


Principles of drug development
Five major players: pharma, regulatory agencies (FDA), consumers, academia, legislature) History of drug development: chance observation  trial and error  targeted screening (Ehrlich’s “magic bullet”, pasteur’s “anti-bodies” & “lock & key” model) Discovery vs Development  Discovery: identify the “lock”, develop a pattern of chemical “keys”, rapid-throughput screening, in vitro or in vivo model systems – or can exploit a chance observation (still possible)  Development: getting the drug discovered, through the system & to the patient. o 15-20% of overall health care expenditures, but changes from year to year (can regulate – and there’s a trade-off with savings from reduced hospital days / morbidity / mortality) o $420B in 2005; increasing market for generics (2/3 Rx in 2009) and worldwide  1:30,000 chemicals  licensed drug  1:10 drugs in clinical testing  licensed drug  1:5 licensed drugs  covers R&D expenditure o Costs ~ $1B and patent life is 8-10 years so need $50-100M/year o So pharma focuses on blockbusters (high use & profitability – prevalent chronic conditions) Phases of drugs  Pre-clinical drug development o Efficacy, mechanism of action, toxicology o Pharmacokinetics (ADME) – Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion o Pharmaceutics (formulation development)  Phase I: short-term safety & tolerability; pharmacokinetics o 10s of healthy volunteers; days to weeks  Phase II: medium-term safety and tolerability; initial evidence of beneficial activity o 100s of patients; weeks to months o “proof of concept”  Phase III: long-term safety and tolerability; clinical efficacy o 1000s of patients; years o “proof of effectiveness” – convince FDA that drug’s ready for market o Very expensive phase – imaging, testing monitoring  Phase IV: post-marketing surveillance; develop new indications o study special pt populations, “real-world” effectiveness o 1000s of patients; often retrospective DEFINITIONS  KNOW THIS STUFF Drug: any chemical administered with therapeutic intent.  Different from foods, health foods (legistlative artifact), GRAS substances Orphan drugs: intended for conditions affecting <200,000 people (get a little break on some regulations) IND: Investigational New Drugs: application required for investigational new drugs or approved drugs if:  Change in drug label (package insert: the only info anywhere that’s FDA approved)  Significant advertising changes 8

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New route of administration, formulation, dose, pt. population with increase in risk IRB asks for it

New Drug Application: data submitted to support marketing approval of investigational new drug  Reviewed by advisory committee who make recommendation (approve / disapprove)  FDA not obliged to follow advisory committee recommendations


Complementary & alternative medicines
CAMs are important. 11.2% of all out-of-pocket spending in US, 38% of pts use CAMs Extracts are combinations, supplements, not isolated Drugs are isolated, pure chemical entities Herbals are a subset of CAMs (also chiropractics, meditation, acupuncture) Echinacea is the most common herbal product (cold remedy) No evidence that any of these are safe or effective. Healing is belief based and science based. Whereas scientific medicine is evidence based & changing, traditional medicine is belief-based, anecdotal, static, and authoritarian. Science = good, other stuff = bad. THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO MEMORIZE ALL MEDICINE (TRADITIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, HOLISTIC) NEEDS TO FOLLOW THESE 3 PRINCIPLES: 1. Product must be standardized & rigorously regulated 2. Product must be proven to be effective for something that is of value to the patient 3. Product must be proven to be acceptably safe 1994: Dietary supplement health and education act (DSHEA) effectively neutered FDA (health food lobby won out; FDA has very little control) CAM development circumvents the 8-10 year, $1B drug development process: but at the cost of safety/toxicity studies, effectiveness proven, standardization of the product Example: PC-SPES (for prostate cancer – even in NEJM) but turned out to have synthetic drugs (hoax) Herbal medicines generally not standardized (so you can’t study them well or refute claims). Many are adulterated or inconsistent with their labeling.  Ethically need to be able to know what you’re giving patients.  Scientifically need to be able to replicate a study. NEEDS TO BE EFFECTIVE & ACCEPTABLY SAFE Only one herbal medicine has been approved (veregen for topical tx of genital & perianal warts in immunosuppressed patients) – and even that doesn’t have great results Several others (witch hazel = cuts & scrapes, senna & psyillum = laxatives) have been approved for modest value in some illnesses. CAMS can cause drug interactions. E.g. St. John’s Wort increases metabolism of cyclosporin (an immunosuppressant) by ↑P450 3A4, which caused transplant patients to lose their new hearts (immune response & rejection)


Molecular Imaging
Molecular imaging: the remote sensing of cellular processes at the molecular level in vivo  (people or lab animals)  Allows early detection of changes in tissue; manage changes in real time for patient (personalized medicine), facilitates drug development (where is drug going?) Modalities:  Keys: spatial resolution of techniques, sensitivity (what quantities can be measured – e.g. optical = picomolar, MRI = micromolar), specificity of probe (just hit target, not normal tissue)  Can be combined with anatomic techniques like CT  Four modalities: Optical, Nuclear (radiopharmaceutical), Magnetic Resonance (MR), or Ultrasound Nuclear imaging:  PET (Positron emission tomography) – currently the most clinically translatable modality o More expensive; requires cyclotron, quantitative, 4mm resolution o Physiologic tracers (15O, 13N, 11C, 18F, 124I) o Combine with CT: PET-CT to see anatomy o Receptor/enzyme/transporter mapping; assess metabolism; calculate drug receptor occupancy; monitor biomarkers for therapy & patient selection for treatments  SPECT (Single photo emission computed tomography) o Less expensive ($500k), qualitative, 1.5cm resolution o Uses chelation chemistry o Example: image for prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) for prostate cancer (if present outside of prostate, could be recurrance of cancer Tracer principle: use concentrations of a probe that are so low that they won’t alter the physiology of the system under study (no pharmacological effect). Makes use in humans more easily approved. Especially good for radiopharmaceuticals. Receptor pre-blockade: saturate the target sites with a normal nonlabeled ligand, then apply your probe / imaging agent. If there’s any signal detected, that shows non-specific / background signal (should only be binding to your site of interest). Shows specificity. Could also use knockout animals Direct imaging: probe binds directly to target (e.g. PSMA) Indirect imaging: for instance, a reporter gene / reporter probe system (e.g. introduce a certain kinase gene that will phosphorylate your probe & trap it in the cell, and put it behind a promoter that also controls your gene of interest. When your gene of interest is turned on, the kinase will also be made, and your probe will be trapped in those cells to be imaged) Signal amplification: enzymatic reporters can be useful because they amplify the signal (your probe, for instance) – keep working inside the cell (especially good for less sensitive modalities like MR) Example: C. novyi (anaerobic, goes to anoxic center of tumor). How to image bacteria as they home in? image with 125I (FIAU) – the toxin produced by a bacterial kinase . Turned out to be toxic (5 deaths) so not a Tx now. Can also image breast cancer using PET (18F-fluorothymididine = FLT-PET) to detect early cancers.


Pharmacodynamics: what the drug does to the body (deciding on the target) – effect vs. concentration Pharmacokinetics: what the body does to the drug (hitting the target) – concentration vs. time What we’re really interested in: PK/PD interrelationship (effect vs. time) Movement across membranes depends on various factors (size, dynamic polarity, water:octanol distribution, protein binding, pKa, membrane transporters). Needs to be uncharged to get across (low dynamic polar surface area < 140 angstoms, lower for brain/blood barrier) Absorption determinants:  Passive movement: middle ground for hydrophobicity is best to move between compartments  Protein binding: generally only unbound drug can move across membranes  Efficiency issue: high binding is not failure (if approved, it has effect)  Albumin & α-acid glycoprotein are major proteins  Varies with time (↑ α-a-g with inflammation, ↓ albumin with cirrhosis & nephrotic syndrome) so can change concentrations of highly bound drugs  Affinity can also change (uremia in renal failure decreases binding)  Displacement theoretically possible but no known drug-drug examples Henderson-Hasselbach Equation  pH = pKa + log(A-/HA); pH = pKa when HA = A Acid uncharged when pH < pKa (HA+)  Base uncharged when pH > pKa (HA)  Disease conditions (alkalosis or acidosis) can change how drug moves across membrane o Gastric fluid 1.5-7, urine 4.5-7.5, blood etc. 7.4. Some drugs can be trapped depending on pH o pH can change with other drugs (e.g. gastric fluid pH & omeprazole) Transporters: active movement  Can block transporters to keep drug in or to keep from being pumped out, but usually work to pump out range of drugs  E.g. organic ion (pumps from cell into lumen); P-glycoprotein (pumps from capillary into cell) Basic definitions AUC (mg/mL * hours): drug exposure per time F: Bioavailability (unitless): fraction reaching systemic circulation. Limited by failure to enter solution, short exposure to absorptive surface, failure to pass across membrane, pre-systemic metabolism so less than 1 in almost all circumstances. 𝑨𝑼𝑪  Bioavailability= 𝑨𝑼𝑪𝑬𝑽 (where EV = after extravascular dose, IV = after intravascular dose)     𝑰𝑽

EV peaks later, around longer than IV Low bioavailability affects ability to dose po (may need frequent doses or IV) & can be a feasibility issue F<1.0 because drugs fail to enter solution, have short exposure to absorptive surface, limited passage across membranes, and/or or pre-systemic metabolism Adjust for F when logically required 12

S: Salt (unitless): some drugs are composed of other stuff by weight too    𝑺 = 𝒂𝒎𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒐𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝒅𝒓𝒖𝒈 𝒂𝒎𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕
𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒅𝒓𝒖𝒈 𝒊𝒏 𝒂𝒅𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒔𝒂𝒍𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒂𝒅𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎

Analogous to F E.g. aminophylline is 80% theophyilline by weight

Vd: Volume of distribution (L): Volume into which dose appears to be uniformly distributed 𝑫𝒐𝒔𝒆  = 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝑽    𝒅

Affected by drug movement across membrane (less movement = higher conc in central compartment) Use population Vd (adjust for weight – given in L/kg) as first estimate. Can be “lean weight” if not fat soluble Generally a theoretical concept: measuring only total, not free drug; only sampling central compartment

ke: Elimination rate constant (1/time): fraction of drug eliminated in a unit of time  Not the elimination rate  First order (not saturated) – constant value (constant fraction eliminated); goes down as saturation occurs (zero order – constant amount eliminated)  𝑪𝒕 = 𝑪𝟎 𝒆−𝒌𝒕 for elimination  Plot ln(Concentration) vs. Time and your slope is –k  Can backwards-extrapolate to get C0, your initial concentration  𝒌 = 𝑪𝒍/𝑽𝒅 t1/2 : half life (time): how long it takes concentration to drop by half.  Only works for first order.  When Ct/C0 = ½ , equation above simplifies 𝟎.𝟕 o 𝒕 = 𝒌  𝟏

Another way to look at it 𝟏 o 𝒆−𝒌𝒕 = 𝒏 𝟐 o n = number of half lives elapsed post dose, or number of half lives in dosing interval to find trough. Or: o 𝑪𝒕 = 𝑪𝟎 𝟏
𝒏 𝟐

Cl: Clearance (L/hr)  Relates concentration to rate of elimination (First order, saturable process).  𝑬𝒍𝒊𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆 = 𝑪𝒍 ∙ 𝑪  Varies with drug and patient  Cl = Q * E (depends on flow and extraction ratio across organ) o E.g. hepatic clearance is a function of hepatic blood flow and extraction ratio, which in turn depends on metabolizing enzyme function o Renal clearance varies with protein binding (filtration + secretion – absorption)  Total clearance = renal + hepatic + other  “Apparent clearance” = Clearance / bioavailability o 𝑪𝒍

= 𝑨𝑼𝑪 𝑫𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒃𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒅


Rac: Rate of accumulation   𝑅𝑎𝑐 = 𝐶 𝐶𝑚𝑎𝑥
,𝑠𝑠 𝑚𝑎𝑥
,1𝑠𝑡 𝑑𝑜𝑠𝑒

= 1−𝑒 −𝑘𝜏 =


1 1− 𝑛 2

If you’re dosing a drug with a long half life and dosing, say, every 1/5 half life, you can get a big variation over time. If you’re dosing ever 4-5 half-lives, you don’t get much buildup

Loading dose: achieve a desired drug concentration.  Assumes instantaneous, uniform distribution throughout body with no account for time  𝑫𝒐𝒔𝒆 = ∆𝑪 ∙ 𝑽𝒅  Adjust for F and S as needed Calculating an individual’s Vd and t1/2  Measure drug concentrations at two timepoints during decay  Plot ln(concentration) vs time  Find slope (-k) and calculate using k = 0.7 / t1/2  Find intercept = C0 and then calculate Vd (Vd = dose * C0, corrected for F) Continuous infusion: elimination rate matches infusion rate exactly (quasi-steady-state) 𝑫𝒐𝒔𝒆  = 𝑪𝒍 ∙ 𝑪𝒔𝒔 𝝉  Adjust for F as needed  Note that things that change clearance (other drugs, etc) will affect this concentration at SS If you give a loading dose & follow up with continuous infusion, the curves sum to be almost square (infusion accumulates as loading dose decays. Intermittent & continuous dosing  Average dose is the same by either method (elimination rate is slow at first for intermittent dosing but then evens out)  Fixed daily dose, different interval: peak/trough changes, concentration at steady state doesn’t  Same dose, different interval: same peak/trough, different Css Basic half-life equations: 1 o Rise: 𝐶𝑡 = 𝐶𝑠𝑠 1 − 𝑒 −𝑘𝑡 = 𝐶𝑠𝑠 (1 − 2𝑛 ) o Fall: 𝐶𝑡 = 𝐶0 𝑒 −𝑘𝑡 = 𝐶0 (2𝑛 ) Time to 95% (up or down)= 4 to 5 half-lives Concentration-constrained dosing: how to calculate dose & interval for peak & trough  Shortcut: if you want Cmax / Cmin to be 2, max interval is t(1/2). If you want 4, 2t(1/2) is your interval  Interval (Rate = ratio) – Cmax/Cmin = 2n
ln 1

o  𝜏𝑚𝑎𝑥

= 𝐶

𝑚𝑎𝑥 ,𝑠𝑠 𝐶 𝑚𝑖𝑛 ,𝑠𝑠 𝑘

where 𝑘 = 0.7/𝑡1

Dose=Difference o Single loading dose (get up to the max SS) o 𝐷 = 𝐶𝑚𝑎𝑥 ,𝑠𝑠 − 𝐶𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑡 ∗ 𝑉𝑑 o Correct for F, S when needed Intermittent maintenance dose (given every 𝜏𝑚𝑎𝑥 ) 14

o o 𝐷

= 𝐶𝑚𝑎𝑥 ,𝑠𝑠 − 𝐶𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑡 ∗ 𝑉𝑑 Correct for F, S when needed

A few other topics: Distribution: at first, both drug moving out of central compartment (distribution) and being eliminated, so rate of drop in concentration is higher.  Implications o Delayed effect if peripheral site of action o Big distribution phase increases risk for central toxicity (if narrow therapeutic index) o Need to monitor post-distribution levels (otherwise artificially overestimate initial concentration) Short infusions are more common than IV bolus infusions: distribution can apply though Ka (absorption rate constant) – if a lower Ka, then slower abosorption. Peak is lower, trough is higher, and AUC is the same. Peak is also later.  Slower absorption can be good – keeps a narrow window in your peaks and troughs (e.g. extravascular dosing) Things to adjust away from population values if needed  Loading dose: altered Vd (linearly proportional)  Maintenance intermittent dosing (if t1/2 changes, not linearly proportional)  Maintenance infusion dosing rate: altered Cl (linearly proportional)  Time to steady state: linearly proportional to t1/2 Renal clearance: can adjust for creatinine clearance if drug is cleared by the kidney (age, weight, gender taken into account). If creatinine clearance is lower, you can drop your infusion to get to the same steady state concentration (but it will take longer! T1/2 is larger)


Autonomic Pharmacology I - Parasympathetic
Basics:  Nervous system: afferent (sensory information), integration in ganglia in CNS structure, efferent (somatic motor = voluntary skeletal mm, autonomic – involuntary smooth mm), mostly antagonistic  Parasympathetc = homeostasis, sympathetic = fight or flight Parasympathetic Nervous System  Anatomy: originates from midbrain, medulla, sacral spinal cord, long presynaptics, ganglia near targets so stimulation gives localized effects  Ganglionic receptors = nicotinic AcH (gated ion channel)  Target receptors = muscarinic AcH (GCPR) PNS Actions:  Homeostasis, opposes sympathetic activity generally  Constricts smooth muscle, increases glandular secretions usually  Classical actions: pupil constriction, bronchial constriction, decreased heart rate, relax sphincters & contract GI segmental/longitudinal mm, contract bladder (relax sphincter) Cholinergic synapse:  AcH synthesized by choline acetyltransferase  Ca+ dependent release (+ B-bungarotoxin, black widow venom, - botulism toxin by cleaving SNARE)  Muscarinic AcH receptor (+pilocarpine, - atropine) o 7-membrane-spanning GPCR o M1-M5 subtypes with selective tissue expression, specific functions but overlap o M2 is cardiac-selective; subtyping hasn’t really been exploited clinically so far  Acetylcholinesterase breaks it down (- neostigmine, soman) o This is the turnoff (compare to sympathetic) o Neuronal AchE and also serum/liver (butrylcholinesterase) so you can’t just inject Ach into gut  Choline uptake MUSCARINIC AGONISTS Generally: choline esters & other cholinomimetics
pilocarpine Mechanism of Action: muscarinic AcH receptor agonist Effects: generalized muscarinic (incl. ocular-pupillary constriction, fall in intraocular pressure after sudden rise, miosis = constriction of pupil lasts several hours) Indications: glaucoma (esp. open angle) Administration: aqueous opthalmic solution (prevent cardiac effects)


metoclopramide Mechanism of Action: Muscarinic AcH receptor agonist Effects: increases gastric emptying; anti-emetic (dopamine receptor agonist), also enhances cholinergic effects Indications: First-line gastroparesis & anti-emetic agent Administration: oral Other: a.k.a. "Reglan"

atropine Mechanism of Action: competitive antagonist of muscarinic Ach receptors Effects: dry mouth, constipation, urinary retention, dry skin, flush, bronchodilation, mydriasis (=pupil dilation), delirium. Mad as a hatter, red as a beet, dry as a bone Indications: Stop asystole (code blue), diarrhea, antidote to AchE toxins, pupil dilation Administration: po, opthalmic, or by injection Mechanism of Action: muscarinic Ach receptor antagonist Indications: motion sickness Administration: oral or transdermal Mechanism of Action: muscarinic Ach receptor antagonist Effects: bronchodilation Indications: asthma, COPD Administration: metered dose inhaler Other: a.k.a. atrovent


ipratropium bromide

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ACETYLCHOLINESTERASE INHIBITORS May be therapeutics (physostigmine for glaucoma), antidotes to poisons (pyridostigmine), or toxins themselves (sarin) depending on their affinity for AchE, route of administration, dose, etc. Many insecticides, nerve gases, etc. fall in this category AchE is a serine protease that cleaves Ach to acetate & choline in synaptic cleft Found in high molecular weight aggregates (stable = low turnover = really bad if you mess it up)


Mechanism of Action: reversible covalent inhibitor of AchE Indications: can be used for prophylactic protection to AchE inhibitor nerve gases (fills up site, then wears off unlike sarin, etc.) Mechanism of Action: "irreversible" covalent inhibitor of AchE Effects: signs of AchE poisoning: bronchial spasm, salivation, lacrimation, defecation, urination, bradycardia, hypotension, muscle weakness, death in minutes to hours Administration: nerve gas / chemical warfare agent Other: can be reversed with pralidoxime rescue if "aging" doesn't occur first (irreversible complex formed with AchE over time, preventing palidoxime's nucleophilic attack). Treatment also includes large quantities of atropine




Mechanism of Action: nucleophilic attack on AchE-sarin covalent complex Effects: Reversal of sarin AchE poisoning Indications: sarin AchE poisoning Other: used along with atropine for sarin & other similar AchE poisons


Autonomic Pharmacology II - Sympathetic
Anatomy:  From thoracolumbar spinal cord; ganglia are paraverterbral & longer post-synaptic fibers  Ganglionic receptors: nicotinic cholinergic  Target receptors: adrenergic  Primary postganglionic neurotransmitter: norepinephrine  Adrenal medulla is like a big postganglionic neuron, releases epinephrine  Stimulation results in a widespread reaction Physiology:  “Fight or flight”response  Smooth mm: relax or constrict  Classical actions: dilate bronchi, ↑glucose from liver, ↑rate & stroke volume from heart (↑ cardiac output), ↑blood flow to skeletal mm, ↓motility & ↑ sphincter tone in gut  Activation via enervation of target and adrenaline (=epinephrine) in blood circulation from adrenals Adrenergic synapses  NE synthesized in neuron (tyrDOPA dopamineNE). Epinephrine synthesized in adrenal gland  Tyrosine hydroxylase is the rate-limiting step of synthesis & activated by sympathetic stim. o α-methyltyrosine blocks tyrosine hydroxylase, used in management of pheochromocytoma (usually benign tumor of adrenal that fires out too much catecholamine)  Release of NE is Ca-dependent o Some agents can act as false neurotransmitters, replacing NE in secreted vesicle & ↓NE effect o Tyramine, amphetamine, ephedrine: sympathomimetic (enhance NE secretion)  Adrenergic receptor (many agonists & antagonists) on post-synaptic side o GPCR  NE transporter brings NE back into pre-synaptic neuron (blocked by tricyclic antidepressants) o Turnoff mechanism is re-uptake (not breakdown like parasympathetic)  Monoamine oxidase breaks down NE & deaminated products extruded (target of antidepressants) Adrenal glands have PNMT which converts NE (noradrenaline) to ephinephrine (adrenaline), major adrenal medulla hormone. NE and ephinephrine have different pharmacological effects Subtypes of the adrenergic receptors:  α1 (with 3 subtypes α1A, α1B, α1C): mixed effects  α2 (with 3 subtypes α2A, α2B, α2C): ↓adenylate cyclase, ↓Ca channels, ↑K channels  β (with 3 subtypes β1, β2, β3): ↑ adenylate cyclase  Dopamine receptors (D1-5) in vascular bed (D1) and CNS (all 5) can also bind catecholamine derivatives; dopamine can bind α-receptor α-receptor pharmacology Non-selective α-receptor agonists: epinephrine, NE, phenylephrine, dopamine (see end of section) Non-selective α-receptor antagonists:



Mechanism of Action: nonselective antagonist of α adrenergic receptors Effects: Reduces NE effect via inhibition Indications: pheochromocytoma: adrenal tumor producing large amounts of catecholamines (tumor usually benign; reverse effects)

α1-receptor agonists: phenylephrine Mechanism of Action: selective agonist of the α1 adrenergic receptor Effects: induces vasoconstriction Indications: hypotension, nasal congestion Administration: po or nasal spray as decongestant

α1-receptor antagonists: prazosin Mechanism of Action: selective antagonist of the α1 adrenergic receptor Effects: blocks smooth muscle constriction (relaxes ureters); vasodilation (can help with hypertension) Indications: enhances urine flow in benign prostatic hyperplasia, especially with hypertension

α2-receptor agonists: clonidine Mechanism of Action: selective agonist of the α2 adrenergic receptor. Effects: decreases NE release pre-synaptically (α2 is on pre-synaptic side, for feedback inhibition). Indications: hypertension (reduces blood pressure), used for withdrawal in substance abuse Administration: orally (both indications) or patch (substance abuse) α2-receptor antagonists: yohimbine but questionable clinical use β -receptor pharmacology Non-specific β receptor agonists: isoproterenol Mechanism of Action: nonselective agonist of the ß adrenergic receptors Effects: stimulates cardiac output, dilates bronchial smooth muscle, dilates vascular smooth muscle Indications: bradychardia or heart block; rarely used to treat asthma

Non-specific β receptor antagonists: propranolol Mechanism of Action: nonselective antagonist of ß adrenergic receptors (general ß blocker) Effects: decreased cardiac output, bronchial smooth mm constriction Indications: used to treat hypertension, angina, anxiety, vasovagal syncope (when heart rate rises, blood vessels dilate too much, decreased brain perfusion, patient faints), arrythmias

β1 receptor agonists:



Mechanism of Action: selective agonist of ß1 adrenergic receptor Effects: increases cardiac rate & force of contraction (increased cardiac output); dilates coronary arteries to reduce afterload Indications: cardiomyopathy with CHF, especially in anginal states Administration: IV Other: doesn't work indefinitely

β1 receptor antagonists: metoprolol Mechanism of Action: selective antagonist of ß1 adrenergic receptor (beta-blocker) Effects: reduces cardiac output, reducing demand on heart Indications: hypertension & angina Other: also may promote better filling of coronary arteries by increasing length of diastolic phase

β2 receptor agonists: albuterol Mechanism of Action: selective agonist of ß2 adrenergic receptor Effects: dilates bronchial smooth muscle & uterine smooth muscle Indications: asthma; stopping premature labor Other: very few cardiac side effects because of ß2 selectivity. Also promotes glycogenolysis in liver (be careful not to precipitate diabetic state) β2 receptor antagonists: not useful clinically Some interest in β3 receptor agonists to reduce adipose tissue in adiposity Epi, NE, and dopamine epinephrine Mechanism of Action: predominantly an agonist of ß adrenergic receptors (over α) Effects: increases cardiac output & systolic arterial blood pressure; large metabolic effect (increases O2 comsumption & blood glucose) Indications: stopping anaphylactic response, used in code blue settings

norepinephrine Mechanism of Action: Primarily an agonist of α adrenergic receptors Effects: Increases systolic and diastolic blood pressure; less effect on cardiac output & metabolism Indications: Hypotensive shock (largely replaced by phenylephrine now) Mechanism of Action: Acts on D1 receptor in vasculature; also α and ß in high doses Effects: Pressor (increases blood pressure), used in cardiac situations. Indications: Low dose (renal dose) can be used to impact D1 receptor only if patient has low renal perfusion; higher doses impact D, α, and ß receptors and is first pressor in most instances of shock (low BP) Misc: Adenosine receptor pharmacology: treating asthma, for example, by antagonizing adenosine at airways; Nitric oxide signaling is also autonomic. 21 dopamine

SUMMARY TABLE (autonomic I and II)


An Overview of Cancer Chemotherapy
   Current treatment strategies: prevent, cure, or palliate Cancer can cause morbidity & mortality by disrupting physiology locally (invade/disrupt vital organ function) or systemically (metastatic spread) – so treatment can be directed locally or systemically as well Important rise in # of cancer survivors in US – have to re-calibrate their health risks (Tx after-effects, etc.)

Local treatments  Surgery (solid organ malignancy; need systemic disease, need staging before surgery to determine extent)  Radiation therapy (localized cancers that can’t be removed surgery; also as adjuvant with surgery & palliation of metastases that can cause morbidity)  Chemotherapy (sometimes given regionally – e.g. hepatic artery for colonic cancer liver metasteses)  Other (immunotherapies, etc. – often experimental) Systemic treatments  Hormone / Growth Factor (remove / antagonize trophic hormones, e.g. estrogen for breast cancer, androgens for prostate cancer)
o Tamoxifen (anti-estrogen) – adjuvant after resection of breast cancer or systemic for metastatic

Cancers vary in responsiveness to cytotoxic chemotherapy
  Highly responsive (Hodgkin’s, Wilm’s tumor) Responsive (acute leukemia in children, retinoblastoma, testicular cancer) Moderately responsive (acute leukemia in adults, multiple myeloma, breast cancer, prostate, ovarian) Partially responsive (glioblastoma, colorectal, pancreatic islet cell carcinoma, bladder) Minimally responsive: (liver, pancreatic cancer; melanoma)

Chemotherapy: for systemic cancers, for cure (leukemia, testis, lymphoma) or pallation (solid organ cancers)
o Can be used as adjuvant to improve local treatment potential

Other (immunotherapy, gene therapy, etc.)

Treatments can target:   Targets unique to cancer cells (mutant gene products, oncogenic virus products)  Qualitative/quantitative differences in cancer cells (cell cycle effectors, macromolecules, biosynthetic enzymes, signal transduction pathway components) that are also present in normal cells o Therapeutic index (LD50/ED50)usually low for anti-cancer drugs (bad) because of this Antineoplastic drugs: cytotoxic mechanisms of action (based on the idea that cancer cells divide more rapidly; not actually that simple)  Damage cancer cell DNA (alkylating agents)  Limit supply of precursors for DNA synthesis (antimetabolites)  Interfere with DNA replication (topoisomerase poisons)  Interfere with mitotic segregation Cancer cells in an exponential growth phase are more sensitive to cytotoxic agents than those in plateau phases Log-linear kill kinetic behavior of antineoplastic drugs:


Fractional cell kill: a specific dose of chemotherapeutic drug kills a specific fraction of tumor cells regardless of tumor cell population (see logarithmic decline with therapy)

Norton-Simon hypothesis  Based on observation that improvements in response rates from chemotherapy doesn’t lead to improvements in survival  General idea: a more effective treatment will kill lots of cells, get down to the exponential growth part of the curve; cancer cells replicate quickly and “catch up” to a similar less-effective treatment. Mortality occurs way out in plateau phase. Activation of apoptosis by antineoplastic drugs  Accumulation of neoplastic cells = ↑division, ↓death, or both  Cancer cells can escape apoptosis by activating senescence or autophagy  ↓p53 or ↑Bcl-2 are common mutations to avoid  Antineoplastic agents can stabilize p53 or use other strategies to induce apoptosis o Many classes create DNA strand breaks to increase p53 activity & apoptosis  New pathways for targeting: caspase cascade, other cell-death signal transduction pathways Antineoplastic drug resistance  Cancers arise clonally but have heterogeneity in later populations (tumor cell heterogeneity)  Subclones can be resistant to drugs o ABC transporter family: pump out lots of kinds of drugs in ATP-dependent manner. Blocking is difficult therapeutic target (also pump drugs out in kidney, etc.  increased toxicity) Goldie-Coldman hypothesis  Luria and Delbruck: in bacteria, rate of genetic variants appearing related to rate of cell division & probability of variant arising with each division (genetic instability)  Goldie / Coldman: considered in cancer cells & anti-neoplastic drof genetic instability in population o Although rate of appearance is independent of total number, absolute number of subclones is greater for a greater size of cancer cell population (need to detect early!)  Experiment (L-D Fluctuation Analysis): culture cells and then: o Plate concentration of mixture of cultured cells on a bunch of plates: about the same amount of resistance occurs in each plate (Poisson distribution = random) o Pick out individual cells, grow up clonal population, and plate same concentration. Non-Poisson distribution in amount of resistance on each plate (mutation can occur early or late in clonal growth process)


So: cancer might respond well but eventually these subclones can emerge and treatment fails. Rationale for combination chemotherapy, combined modality treatments, debulking surgery: rapidly reduce the total # cancer cells and absolute # drug-resistant subclones

Why are some cancers readily curable & others poorly responsive? 1. Cancer cell kinetic properties. Curable cancers may have more rapid growth (antineoplastic drugs kill them better). 2. Cancer cell biochemical properties. Noncurable cancers can detoxify, extrude, or otherwise escape antineoplastic drugs. 3. Cancer cell phenotypic properties. Related to cells of origin of cancer (not well defined) – e.g. testis cancer more responsive than prostate. Cancer “stem cells”  Normal renewing cell populations have rare stem cells around (differentiate to “transient amplifying” then fully differentiated, non-proliferative cells)  Cancer may be similar  Theory (controversial):  Tx that kill differentiated cancer cells show treatment response but not improved survival or cure  Tx that kill stem cells might prolong surviva but not show initial response Developing new drugs:  Historically: Phase I (tolerance, dose-limiting toxicities, maximally tolerated dose = MTD), Phase II (efficacy: complete & partial responses), Phase III (comparative efficacy & toxicity vs current regimens), Phase IV (integrating into standard treatment after FDA marketing). 10 years, $1 Billion.  Now: more common Phase I/II combinatorial trials after molecular biomarker use. Cheaper & quicker  Big bottleneck: not discovery but rather clinical trials / approval


Principles of antibody therapy for cancer
Antibody clearance:  Abs are too big to go through glomeruli (except in renal disease)  Fab fragments are small and are therefore cleared within hours  Chimeric Ab have mouse variabble region, human constant region  Humanized Ab have partially human variable regions too Polyclonal antibodies (therapeutic uses)  Anti-venins (against toxic proteins from snakes, spiders)  Drug overdose (e.g. digoxin OD)  Immune modulation (e.g. antithymocyte globulin)  Treat infection (pre-antibiotics)  Replacement IgG for X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) – administer human IgG every 3-4 weeks (t1/2 = ¾ weeks) Lymphoma:  Ron Levy: o B-cells display “idiotype” (specific B-cell receptor expressed on surface) o Use the clonal nature of B-cell lymphomas (same idiotype) as target o Follicular lymphoma: slow growing, could wait for treatment, expected to live several years, IgG on cell membrane o Made IgG for each pt’s lymphoma in lab and treated them (1st patient was big success, mixed results afterwards) o Serum sickness: immune reaction against foreign antigens o One problem: Human Anti-Mouse Antibody (HAMA) – retreatment difficult (already have HAMA) o Recurrence: anti-idiotype ab no longer bound to tumor cells (somatic hypermutation in B-cells & in this lymphoma = development of new lymphocytes) o Precise but time consuming & recurrence possible  CD20 & Rituximab o CD20 only expressed on B cells (not plasma cells, not precursor stem cells)  Lets you regenerate your B cells after treatment o When anti-CD20 Ab bind, no internalization of complex & Cd20 not downregulated Rituximab  Toxicity: More adverse events in first infusion (killing most B-cells at first) – opposite of other Ab therapies, where serum sickness sets in more with more immune reaction to foreign Abs. Due to large number of dead B-cells.  THINGS TO KNOW: o HAMA don’t develop because rituximab is killing B cells, which would generate the human antimouse antibodies o Serum IgG levels don’t fall because plasma cells make most of the IgG in serum. No CD20 means they’re not killed o Why do B cells recover? Hematopoetic stem cells don’t have CD20 so aren’t killed.  Efficacy of rituximab depends on CD20 expression; often used with other therapies  Mechanisms of Action: 26

Directly induces apoptosis (lymphocytes’ own self-destruct mechanism triggered by CD20 binding) o Antibody dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) – killed by NK cells & others o Complement fixed & cells lysed.  Reistance o CD20 not downregulated & escape mutations are rare o Major mechanisms: 1. Failure to generate ADCC (genetic variant in Fc binding receptor) 2. Variations in apoptotic pathways (probably most common) o Overall: Ab still binds to tumor, just doesn’t kill it  Treatment considerations: o Everyone eventually relapses o Maintenance therapy? 1. inhibits ability to generate new IgG 2. ↑ susceptibility to certain infections o Retreatment generally works if pts have not received rituximab recently (but not if on maintence) Nomenclature Ri-tu-xi-mab; 1-2-3-4 Antibody conjugates 1. Anything  Radioimmunoconjugates 2. tu(m) = tumor is target o Murine Ab; target CD20 and conjugated to 3. type of antibody radioactive isotopes a. o = mouse o Crossfire increases action (overcomes resistance) b. xi = chimeric because neighboring cells are killed too by c. zu = humanized radiation (those which are apoptosis-resistant) 4. mab = monoclonal antibody  Immunotoxins work by a similar idea  If tumor is radiosensitive, conjugate radioactivity; if not, conjugate a toxin (but toxin may be antigenic, preventing Half-lives retreatment  Fab = hours  Mouse = days Consequences of Ab therapy  Chimera = days to weeks  Targets  Human = months o Looking for muntant proteins, only in cancer, etc. – but now maybe some tissues (e.g. b-cells) are disposable? Thyroid / prostate?



Mechanisms and uses of antimetabolite drugs, signal transduction inhibitors, and antiangiogenesis drugs in antineoplastic therapy
General notes:  Antimetabolites: In the end, these pretty much all work by leading to DNA double-strand breaks (↓nucleotide pool or ↓DNA polymerase speed; causing DNApol to get stuck & cause DBS without repair) o All pretty much have bone marrow toxicity  In traditional treatment, all roads lead to DNA (now more of a targeted approach Antimetabolites:  Mimic structure of normal metabolic species; inhibit enzymes in both normal and tumor cells  Administered as prodrugs that require metabolic activation  Inhibit deoxynucleotide and DNA synthesis; kill cells in S phase   Targeting tumor cells: take advantage of different transport or enzymatic activation of prodrug, or of cells that are progressing through cell cycle Nonneoplastic cells most affected: rapid cell division o Hair follicle, bone marrow, intestinal epithelium cells o Therapy induced leukemia is major complication Limitations: drug delivery (central hypoxic zone of solid tumors), not all tumor cells are cycling, fixed percentage killed with each treatment, need active immune system, drug resistance common

Folate antagonists:  Inhibit dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) which reduces folic acid to dihydrofolate (DHF) and tetrahydrofolate (THF)  THF is required to carry methyl & methylene (1-C) groups for thymidine and purine biosynthesis

methotrexate Mechanism of Action: Folic antagonist (antimetabolite). Inhibits dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR). Effects: Inhibits DHFR which is involved in synthesis of THF from folic acid. THF is the methyl/methelyne carrier for purine and thymidine synthesis. Indications: wide variety of cancer breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lymphoma Administration: often paired with leucovorin shortly after MTX given ("leucovorin rescue") - replentishes folate stores Toxicity: mucositis, kidney damage, hepatotoxicity Resistance: Reduced uptake; reduction in enzymes that add polyglutamate; DHFR gene amplification Other: Actively transported into cells. Requires activation by addition of several glutamates (traps in cell; enhances inhibition). Aka MTX

Deoxynucleotide synthesis antagonists


hydroxyurea Mechanism of Action: Inhibits ribonucleotide reductase. Antimetabolite antineoplastic agent. Effects: Ribonucleotide reductase reduces NDPs to dNDPs for DNA synthesis Indications: Leukemias; head and neck cancers Toxicity: Standard (bone marrow, etc.) Resistance: Overexpression of reductase

Note: Nucleoside analogs (5-FU, 6-percaptopurine, 6-thioguanine, etc.) are able to be transported into cell via nucleoside transporter, and are then p-lated and trapped in cell. They must fit into a kinase in the cell, however (resistance mechanism) Pyrimidine biosynthesis antagonists
5-fluorouracil Mechanism of Action: Covalently modifies thymidylate synthase, the enzyme which converts dUMP to TMP. Triphosphate form can also be incorporated into DNA and cause strand breaks Effects: Antimetabolite antineoplastic agent. Indications: Colorectal and breast cancer Administration: IV and oral. Often co-administered with leucovorin. TS uses folate as a cofactor (also when 5-FU binding), so adding a folate analog like leucovorin pushese the inhibitory equilibrium through (LeChatlier's). Also often co-administered with 5-ethynyluracil, which inhibits dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase in intestine. Toxicity: Bone marrow suppression Resistance: Decreased activity of activating enzyme. Intestinal enzyme dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase can inactivate by converting it to dihydroform and preventing absorption. Other: Transported in via nucleoside transporter, then P-lated and trapped in cell (needs to fit in kinase)

Purine biosynthesis antagonists
6-mercaptopurine, Mechanism of Action: Competitive inhibitor of several enzymes in purine synthesis pathways (looks 6-thioguanine, azathioprine like guanine); also gets incorporated into DNA Effects: Purine biosynthesis antagonist; antimetabolite antineoplastic agent. Indications: leukemias Administration: oral Toxicity: Bone marrow suppression Resistance: inactivated by xanthine oxidase (XO). Decrease in HGPRTase activity is common resistance mechanism. Other: Must undergo activation to form mononucleotide (add sugar) via HGPRTase. Also inactivation, elimination in urine pathways competing.

Inhibitors of DNA polymerase


gemcitabine (2', 2' difluorodeoxycitidine) cytosine arabinoside (cytarabine, Ara-C.) fludarabine (arabinosyl-2-fluoroadenine) 5-azacytidine (5-aza-C) 2-chlorodeoxyadenosine (cladribine, 2-CdA)

Mechanism of Action: Inhibits DNA polymerase by blocking DNA strand elongation (substrate but can't elongage afterwards) Effects: Antimetabolite antineoplastic agent Indications: pancreatic cancer (gemcitabine), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL – fludarabine), acute myelogenous leukemia (AML – cytosine arabinoside) Toxicity: myelosuppression Resistance: decreased activity of activating enzymes; decreased nucleoside transport across cell membrane Other: Must be activated by deoxycytidylate kinase and nucleoside diphosphate kinase

New strategies: signal transduction inhibitors Receptor & non-receptor protein kinases Resistance to all of these is via amplifaction of oncogenic protein kinase gene, resistance mutations in kinase catalytic domain. Second-generation protein kinase inhibitors have bene developed (active against mutant PKs)


Mechanism of Action: inhibits tyrosine kinases (BCR-ABL, c-KIT, PGDF receptor kinase) Effects: Tyrosine kinase inhibitor; antineoplastic agent. BCR-ABL is a hyperactive fusion kinase implicated in CML (philadelphia chromosome). PGDF RK = platelet-derived growth factor receptor kinase Indications:CML, gastrointestinal stromal cancer. Resistance: amplifaction of oncogenic protein kinase gene, resistance mutations in kinase catalytic domain. Second-generation protein kinase inhibitors have bene developed (active against mutant PKs) Other: aka Gleevec. BCR-ABL + cells are resistant to apoptosis, proliferate more, and have altered adhesion properties.


Mechanism of Action: monoclonal antibody that binds to extracellular region of HER2, a transmembrane receptor tyrosine kinase from epidermal growth factor receptor family Indications: Antineoplastic agent. Breast cancer (25% invasive primary breast cancers have HER2 overexpression) Resistance: amplifaction of oncogenic protein kinase gene, resistance mutations in kinase catalytic domain. Second-generation protein kinase inhibitors have bene developed (active against mutant PKs)Resistance: Other: a.k.a. Herceptin



Mechanism of Action: monoclonal antibody against epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Indications: Antineoplastic agent. Epithelial tumors (colorectal cancer, head and neck tumors) Resistance: amplifaction of oncogenic protein kinase gene, resistance mutations in kinase catalytic domain. Second-generation protein kinase inhibitors have bene developed (active against mutant PKs)


Mechanism of Action: Tyrosine kinase inhibitor (inhibits epithelial growth factor receptor kinase) Indications: Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) Resistance:amplifaction of oncogenic protein kinase gene, resistance mutations in kinase catalytic domain. Second-generation protein kinase inhibitors have bene developed (active against mutant PKs) Other: Higher response if EGFR mutated or overexpressed.

Anti-angiogenesis drugs (investigational) Basic idea: formation of new blood vessels essential for tumor progression.  Protease inhibitors block ECM breakdown  Inhibitors of endothelial cell proliferation (small molecule receptor protein kinase inhibitors like Gleevec & endogenous peptides) Proteosome inhibition Basic idea:  NF-kappa-B controls expression of stress response genes & others that promote cell survival  I-kappa-B inhibits NF-kappa-B, degraded in proteosome after ubiquination to activate NF-kappa-B  Less proteosome activity = more NF-kappa-B inhibition
Velcade Mechanism of Action: Proteosome inhibitor. Antineoplastic agent Effects: Inhibits the chymotrypsin-like active site of proteosome. Indications: myeloma Other: Boronic acid dipeptide; mimics tetrahedral peptidase reaction site.


Cancer Chemoprevention
As many as 80% cancers in men, 77% in women can be prevented – idea is to detect early for public health intervention before clinical appearance. For instance, Japanese migrants to US assume US-type cancer risk profile, and their sons even more so (even without genetic mixing). Long latency for many cancers helps in potential for chemoprevention. Tobacco and diet are the big risks (30%, 35% cancer deaths attributable respectively) Can be synergistic interactions between risk factors (e.g. alcohol & tobacco use in squamous carcinoma of esophagus – 150x higher risk if heavy use of both) Principles for control of human cancer: 1. Prevention (requires knowledge of carcinogens). Diet, exercise, tobacco, alcohol, etc. 2. Protection: inhibit or attenuate carcinogen effect. Doesn’t require knowledge of carcinogens 3. Treatment of premalignancy (screening). Cancer chemoprevention: the use of natural or synthetic agents that retard, block, or reverse carcinogenesis before invasive malignancy develops. (chemotherapy is for those who already have cancer) To determine preventive measure, need to consider cancer risk, treatment risk, and treatment benefit: low risk requires low intervention like lifestyle modification, high risk can require high-level intervention like surgery. Medium-high risk might require chemoprevention. Breast cancer and Selective Estrogen Receptor Modifiers (SERMs) Estrogen has good and bad effects (improves cognition, lowers cholesterol, prevents bone loss… but also increases breast / endometrial cancer & thromboembolism risk). Tamoxifen and raloxifene are two examples of SERMS – can act like estrogen in some tissues and antagonize estrogen in others Several big randomized trials (MORE, STAR, etc.): 1. Tamoxifen vs. placebo (↓ER+ breast cancer but ↑ endometrial cancer, blood clots, stroke) 2. Raloxifene vs placebo(↓ER+ breast cancer but ↑ endometrial cancer, no change in blood clots, stroke) 3. Tamoxifen vs raloxifene – similar but raloxifene fewer endometrial cancers, blood clots 5-α Reductase Inhibitors and Prostate Cancer Idea: reduce androgen activity. There are a bunch of inihibitors of all steps of androgen synthesis. In some prostate cancers, oncogene translocated behind androgen-based promoter. Finasteride and duasteride approved for male pattern baldness, BPH (PC chemoprevention)  Two big trials (PCPT & REDUCE): big prevalence of prostate cancer already; couldn’t use PSA because PSA production related to androgens so had to use biopsy  Outcomes: both saw reduction in prostate cancer, but one showed increase in high grade cancer. 32

Random area biopsy – maybe shrinking prostate with inhibitors increased chance that high grade cancer would be found? Aspirin and Coxibs for Colorectal Cancer Prevention

Basic idea: arachidonic acid, inflammation might be part of adenoma  cancer recurrence in colorectal cancer. Wanted to use COX-2 inihbitors like celecoxib (Celebrex) and rofexocib (Vioxx) to selectively inhibit COX-2 (NSAIDs, originally for arthritis). COX-2 makes prostaglandins around epithelial cells of GI tract. Multiple randomized trials  Aspirin vs. placebo: decrease in colorectal cancer but increased risk of serious GI bleeding  APC: celecoxib vs placebo. Reduction in polyp recurrence but increase in cardiovascular events 2.6x  Approve: rofecoxib vs placebo (similar reduction in polyps & increase in CV events 1.8x) More stuff: Cruciferous vegetables might help cancer chemoprevention: sulforaphane Problems that you might run into in chemoprevention  Toxicity in a large population  Side effects could be significant & hurt adherence  No easily identifiable end-point to study (like cholesterol, for instance)  Need big population and long durations  Poor definition of the best dose (no dose-response curve easily made)


Antineoplastic alkylating agents and platinum compounds
Alkylating agents: basic principles Akylating agents react with certain nucleophilic areas in DNA (e.g. N7 of guanine) with several consequences:  Mispairing of modified base  Crosslinking of DNA bases on same strand (intrastrand) or opposite strands (interstrand)  Crosslinking DNA to proteins, RNA, other macromolecules  DNA strand scission (weaken sugar-phosphate backbone; endonucleases attack during repair attempt) Monofunctional alkylating agents have one arm to react with DNA Bifunctional agents have two and therefore are the only ones that can crosslink. CROSSLINKING IS KEY. If bifunctional agents react with water, they can behave like monofunctional agents. Bifunctional agents are more selective for replicative-based effects because they can work via crosslinking mechanisms Types of alkylating agents 1. Nitrogen mustards: mechlorethamine is basic nitrogen mustard; very active & used up quickly.
mechlorethamine Mechanism of Action: Bifunctional alkylating agent; antineoplastic agent. Effects: Forms interstrand or intrastrand DNA cross-links. Can also cross-link DNA to other macromolecules, cause DNA strand scission, or mispairing of modified base. Indications: Hodgkin's disease, mycosis fungoides (cutaneous lymphoma) Administration: part of MOPP regimen. IV, very short half-life Toxicity: nausea, vomiting, phlebitis, bone marrow suppression Other: nitrogen mustard. Very reactive (reacts with everything even in blood, so have to give IV)

2. Substituted nitrogen mustards (melphalan & chlorambucil) which are less reactive & can be given po.
melphalan, Mechanism of Action: Bifunctional alkylating agent; antineoplastic agent. cause DNA strand scission, or mispairing of modified base Indications: multiple myeloma (mephlan), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), indolent lymphomas, Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia (chlorambucil) Administration: can give PO Toxicity: bone marrow suppression, amenorrhea, sterility Other: substituted nitrogen mustard; less reactive than mechlorethamine chlorambucil Effects: Forms interstrand or intrastrand DNA cross-links. Can also cross-link DNA to other macromolecules,

3. Nitrogen mustards that require metabolic activation (cyclophosphamide & ifosfamide). Cyclophosphamide is most commonly used.


cyclophosphamide, Mechanism of Action: Bifunctional alkylating agent ifosfamide Effects: Must first undergo metabolic activation (P450). Forms interstrand or intrastrand DNA crosslinks. Can also cross-link DNA to other macromolecules, cause DNA strand scission, or mispairing of modified base. Indications: Cyclophosphamide: Many human cancers (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, breast cancer). Can also be used with bone marrow or peripheral hematopoietic stem cell transplantation therapy (high-dose). Used to treat auto-immune diseases as well. Ifosfamide: sarcomas & many other cancers Administration: Administering with 2-mecaptoethane sulfonate and vigorous hydration can help prevent cystitis Toxicity: bone marrow suppression, alopecia, gonadal toxicity, and hemorrhagic cystitis (diffuse inflammation of the bladder leading to dysuria, hematuria, and hemorrhage) resulting from excretion of a reactive metabolite (acrolein). Ifosfamide has more hemorrhagic cystitis, less bone marrow suppression than cyclophosphamide Other: Most commonly used alkylating agent. Stem cells have aldehyde dehydrogenase, which protects from the active form of cyclophosphamide (which means they won't get killed)

Platinum compounds: basic principles  Early experiments: cis platinum compounds had effect on E. coli, while trans didn’t (from electrodes)  DNA is target (interstrand & intrastrand crosslinking of DNA, or crosslinking to other macromolecules).  Difference is in speed of aquation & elimination. Slower aquation (carboplatin, oxaliplatin) means less kidney damage than cisplatin.

cisplatin Mechanism of Action: DNA cross-linking agent (antineoplastic platinum compound) Effects: Intra- and inter-strand crosslinking of DNA; crosslinking of DNA to other molecules. Indications: Wide variety of cancers, esp. epithelial (carcinomas of lung, bladder, stomach, ovary) & testis cancer. Toxicity: nephrotoxicity, ototoxicity, peripheral neuropathy Resistance: chemical detoxification, DNA repair Other: more side effects (shorter half-life) than carboplatin, oxaliplatin (which have bone marrow toxicity as dose limiting side effect rather than nephrotoxicity) carboplatin, Mechanism of Action: DNA cross-linking agent (antineoplastic platinum compound) oxaliplatin Effects: Intra- and inter-strand crosslinking of DNA; crosslinking of DNA to other molecules. Indications: Wide variety of cancers, esp. epithelial (carcinomas of lung, bladder, stomach, ovary) & testis cancer. Toxicity: bone marrow suppression Resistance: chemical detoxification, DNA repair Other: shorter half life than cisplatin (less nephrotoxicity)


Mechanisms of resistance to antineoplastic drugs generally fall under two categories: 1. Chemical detoxification. E.g. glutathione, glutathione-S-transferases, etc. Resistance usually comes from this pathway (think phase II enzymes, etc. – could be upregulated, for instance) 2. DNA repair. Less common – excision repair, mismatch repair, etc. Side effects related to antineoplastic drug treatment Think: these are very near to their maximum tolerance, so lots of side effects will happen - low therapeutic index  Nausea and vomiting o Profound before; less now o Complex neurological interactions: chemo triggers pretty much all of these  Chemoreceptor trigger zone (metabolic disorders, drugs like chemo)  Peripheral receptors (vagal/splanchnic nerves) – e.g. in gut (damage from chemo)  Vestibular center (motion sickness)  Cerebral cortex (anticipatory emesis from chemotherapy) o All converge to vomiting center in brainstem o What matters: which drug & how much  Cisplatin is notorious (as is cyclophosphamide in high doses) for causing nausea  Less for less dose o Brainstem receptors use dopamine pathways, so now selective 5-HT3 receptor agonists work well for cisplatin nausea and vomiting  Alopecia o Usually a few days into 1st or 2nd cycle (1-2 weeks after chemo) o Hair will grow back but big psychological effect o Hair follicle: anagen (growth), categen (involution), telogen (resting)  Hair damaged during anagen (growth phase)  Falls out in order of most growing (most in anagen) scalp>eyebrows, eyelashes, face, axilla, body, etc.  Bone marrow toxicity (granulocytopenia, anemia, thrombocytopenia, etc.) o Usually dose limiting toxicities o Fall & recover in predictable ways o Chemotherapy-induced neutropenia  Like clockwork (around 10th day) – PNMs affected 10-14 days because of speed of production (stem cells resistant to cyclophosphamide because of aldehyde dehydrogenase expression so they don’t die)  Dose-response doesn’t change timing, just the depth of the nadir  Hematopoetic cytokines (e.g. G-CSF) can be used to shorten the length of the nadir (same 36

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Gonadal dysfunction o Lots of ongoing mitosis/meiosis & proliferation in this area o Testes > ovarian follicles for dysfunction (ongoing spermatogenesis vs arrested ova) o Important factors:  Age/gender (pubertal gonads resistant; women < men for dysfunction)  Chemo agent & dose (alkylating agents & platinum compounds especially bad  Make sure to bank sperm / store eggs if possible!  Some regimens have huge differences in recovery rates Secondary cancers (leukemia, etc.) o Really worrisome – genome damage could lead to malignant transformations o Limited mostly to alkylating agents: monofunctional agents are carcinogens (modify the base & cause damage but not necessarily lethal)  If cell doesn’t die (e.g. if only one arm able to fire for bifunctional agent) normal tissues can get mutations o Very hard cancers to treat; up to 10% in Hodgkin’s pts with radiation+alkylators can get AML


Additional drugs (maybe know?) Under “other” (alkylating agents?) Nitrosureas  Carmustine: lipophilic; treat brain tumors (drug-implanted wafer: glioblastoma multiforme) o (toxicities: bone marrow suppression, nausea & vomiting)  Streptozotocin: antibiotic that is retained in beta-islet cells of pancreas; treats islet cells tumors o Nephrotoxicity, hepatotoxicity, diabetes Aziridines  Thiotepa: breast cancer; instill in bladder for superficial bladder cancer o Usual toxicities  Mitomycin C: antibiotic – limited use in recta / pancreatic cancer; superficial bladder cancer as instillate o Usual toxicities o Rare but significant: interstitial pneumonitis, nephrotoxicity, hepatic veno-occlusive disease, hemolytic-uremic syndrome Alkane sulfonates  Busulfan: high dose chemo for bone marrow or peripheral hematopoetic stem cell transplants o Usual toxicities + pulmonary fibrosis, hepatic veno-occlusive disease, skin pigment changes Methylating agents  Procarbazine: Hodgkin’s disease. Normal toxicities + peripheral neuropathy, sterility, secondary leukemia  Dacarbazine: Hodgkin’s disease. Normal side effects + “flu-like” syndrome, Budd-Chiari syndrome, photosensitivity


DNA Topoisomerase-targeted drugs and mitotic spindle poisons
Many of the other drugs (alkylating agents, etc.) were rationally designed; these are screened natural products Topoisomerase-targeted drugs All topoisomerases: reversible nucleophilic substitution; active site tyrosine as nucleophile  Preserves energy of initial phosphodiester bond; prevents loss of end of DNA  All form covalent enzyme-DNA intermediates (keep ends of DNA together to minimize recombination / DSB; reversible – after unwinding, DNA can re-attack the tyrosine-DNA linkage & rejoin  Help relieve supercoiling / superhelical strain from normal DNA activities (transcription, replication, segregation, chromosone condensation, etc.)  Type I topoisomerase: monomeric, single tyrosine, Type II topoisomerase: dimeric, two tyrosines, cleave both cleave one strand of DNA, no ATP requirement strands of DNA, ATP / Mg required  DNA can freely rotate around remaining  Enzyme holds in place – prevents DSB strand’s axis  Forms gate – for duplexed DNA to pass through  Removes one supercoil per cleavage  Removes two supercoils per cleavage Cell killing mechanism of topo poisons:  Stabilize covalent complex  DNA replication fork arrest & breakage (DSB)  (also RNA transcription arrested)  Topo I: G2 cell cycle arrest  Induce apoptosis through these mechanisms Type I topoisomerase-targeting drugs  Stabilize covalent DNA-enzyme complex by: o DNA intercalation (“direct block”): wedge in between 5’ leaving group and 3’ phosphate to sterically block the reversal of the covalent enzyme-DNA binding. E.g. camptothecins
camptothecin Mechanism of Action: Topoisomerase I-targeted drug (antineoplastic agent) Effects: Intercalates into & stabilizes topo-I / DNA covalent complex (sterically blocks DNA-DNA nucleophilic topotecan irinotecan (CPT-11) attack & reversal of enzyme-DNA complex formation). Indications: Solid tumors (first line for colorectal cancer in US/europe), also ovarian & other adult maligancies Toxicity: myelosuppression, nausea, hair loss, fatigue. Irinotecan: liver toxicity in patients with gluconconjugation deficiencies. Early and late onset diarrhea. Resistance: MDR drug efflux pumps (ABC-type) Other: lactone ring is not stable at neutral or basic pH (converts to inactive form). Irinotecan: Administered as a prodrug; more bioavailable but gives diarrhea / liver toxicities from cleaved off prodrug part. Must be activated by carboxyesterase


DNA bending (“indirect block”): bend DNA in a way that puts active site in conformation where reversal of attack isn’t favorable. E.g. minor groove binding agents (investigational).  Curved structure and positive charges let them fit in to minor groove well 39

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Increase amount of covalent complex by DNA bending; S-phase specific Can increase/decrease effects of other topo I poisons

Actinomycin D  Induces DNA bending / structural pertubations  Precise genomic target not known (maybe RNApol instead of topo I)
Mechanism of Action: "hybrid" minor groove binding antineoplastic agent Effects: Precise target not known. Probably induces DNA bending / structural pertubations (may target RNA polymerase instead of topoisomerase I) Indications: Childhood malignancies (Wilm's tumor, Ewing's sarcoma, embryonal rhabdosarcoma) Toxicity: Usual (myelosupression, hair loss, oral / GI ulceration) Resistance: MDR drug efflux pumps (ABC-type)

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Type II topoisomerase-targeting drugs  Probably a similar stabilization of covalent complex (not well understood) Epipodophylotoxins (non-intercalative)
etoposide teniposide Mechanism of Action: Topoisomerase II-targeted antineoplastic agent. Effects: Nonintercalative; increases covalent DNA-enzyme complex by unknown structural mechanism Indications: Many types of cancers Toxicity: Usual (myelosuppression, mucositis, nausea, anaphylaxis) Resistance: MDR drug efflux pumps (ABC-type)

Anthracyclines (intercalative)
doxorubicin daunorubicin Mechanism of Action: Topoisomerase-II-targeted antineoplastic agent. Effects: Intercalates into & stabilizes DNA-topo II covalent complex by direct or indirect interaction Indications: solid tumors (doxorubicin); ALL, AML (acute leukemias) (daunorubicin) Toxicity: Dose-limiting acute & chronic cardiotoxicity. Liver toxicity (where metabolism occurs hydrophobic, so bile excretion). Resistance: MDR drug efflux pumps (ABC-type). Cardiotoxicity from quinone groups (generates hydroxyl radicals)

Mitotic spindle poisons Spindle basics:  Made of microtubules (α & β subunits; dynamic structure ; bind GTP & hydrolize to GDP)  Assemble: heterodimers  protofilaments  microtubules  Important in mitosis (don’t get good DNA segregation without it)  Lots of tubulin in neurons for axonal transport  neurologic toxicity of tubulin-binding agents Basic idea: spindle poisons slow microtubule polymerization dynamics.  Freezing/slowing down the dynamic equilibrium interferes with spindle action during mitosis


Vinca alkaloids  Bind to β-tubulin (as monomer?), which disturbs polymerization & disrupts protofilament structure
vincristine Mechanism of Action: Mitotic spindle poison (antineoplastic agent). Vinca alkaloid vinblastine Effects: binds to beta-tubulin (distorts protofilament structure / polymerization, slows dynamics, affecting vinorelbine ability to undergo mitosis) Indications: ALL, lymphoma, hodgkin's, childhood malignancies (vincristine), germ cell tumors, Hodgkin's disease (vinblastine), lung, breast cancer (vinorelbine) Toxicity: liver toxicity, myelosuppression. Vincristine: neurotoxicity (limits dosage) Resistance:MDR drug efflux pumps (ABC-type)

Taxanes  Bind to β-tubulin, stabilizing lateral tubulin contacts (freezing filaments in place)
paclitaxel Mechanism of Action: Mitotic spindle poison. Taxane. microtubule dynamics, hurting ability to undergo mitosis. Indications: ovarian, breast cancers (paclitaxel), metastatic breast cancer (docetaxel) Toxicity: dose-limiting myelosuppression. Peripheral neuropathy (paclitaxel more effects than docetaxel) Resistance: MDR drug efflux pumps (ABC-type) docetaxel Effects:Binds to beta-tubulin, maybe stabilizing lateral contacts & freezing protofilament in place. Slows down

Mechanisms of drug resistance 1. Multidrug resistance: ATP-dependent transporter proteins (ABC family = ATP-binding cassette). a. Cellular drug efflux b. Intracellular redistribution of drug away from target (?) Drug needs to accumulate in cell before it has an effect. Also important in antibiotic therapy (bacteria have these too) These pumps are very non-specific 2. Atypical drug resistance o Mutation of drug binding site (e.g. HIV drugs) o Downregulation of gene expression of protein target (e.g. topo I/II) o Ubquitination & proteolysis of target protein (topo I/II) o Decreased enzyme activity for activation of prodrug (e.g. carboxylesterase & irinotecan) 3. Detoxification by metabolism (e.g. phase I, phase II enzymes) – overexpress or increase activity


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