4 years ago

The effects of advanced age and serum α1-acid glycoprotein on docetaxel unbound exposure and dose-limiting toxicity in cancer patients

Yusuke Tanigawara, Hirotsugu Kenmotsu, Tetsuhiko Taira, Tateaki Naito, Akira Ono, Toshiaki Takahashi, Kazushige Wakuda, Chiyo K. Imamura, Haruyasu Murakami, Shota Omori, Kazuhisa Nakashima
Aim α1-Acid glycoprotein (AAG), which is a major binding protein of docetaxel, is considered to be a determinant for docetaxel pharmacokinetics. However, there are no reports about the impact of serum AAG on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in elderly patients treated with docetaxel. The aim of this prospective study was to elucidate the effects of advanced age and serum AAG on docetaxel unbound exposure and neutropenia, dose-limiting toxicity, in cancer patients. Methods Docetaxel was administered at 60 mg m−2 to 51 patients with non-small cell lung cancer, 17 of whom were ≥75 years of age. Pharmacokinetics, unbound fraction (fu), neutropenia, serum protein levels of AAG and albumin, as well as baseline absolute neutrophil count (ANC) were assessed during the first course. Population pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analyses were performed to evaluate the influence of clinically relevant factors on docetaxel pharmacokinetics and neutropenia. Results Clearance of docetaxel and degree of fu were significantly associated with serum AAG level, but not with age. Area under the concentration–time curve of unbound docetaxel (fu·AUC) was significantly higher in patients aged ≥75 years (0.389 μg·h ml−1, 95% CI; 0.329–0.448 μg·h ml−1) compared with patients aged <75 years (0.310 μg·h ml−1, 95% CI; 0.268–0.352 μg·h ml−1). Percent decrease in ANC at nadir related to fu·AUC, and was dependent on baseline ANC. Conclusion Regardless of ageing, serum level of AAG determines docetaxel unbound exposure and related dose-limiting toxicity. Serum AAG level and ANC at baseline appear to be predictive of neutropenia for patients of all ages following the administration of docetaxel.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1111/bcp.13354

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