Impact of surface derivatization of poly-L-lysine dendrimers with anionic arylsulfonate or succinate groups on intravenous pharmacokinetics and disposition

Lisa Michelle Kaminskas, Benjamin James Boyd, Peter Karellas, Scott Henderson, Michael Giannis, Guy Y Krippner, Christopher John Porter

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Tritium-labeled poly- l-lysine dendrimers displaying 8 or 16 surface lysines have been capped with benzene sulfonate (BS), benzene disulfonate (BDS), or succinate (Succ) groups, and the intravenous pharmacokinetics and disposition profiles of the resulting dendrimers (Lys(8)(BS)(16), Lys(16)(BS)(32), Lys(16)(BDS)(32), Lys(16)(Succ)(32)) have been evaluated. Lys(16)(Succ)(32) was rapidly removed from the plasma primarily via renal elimination. Lys(16)(BS)(32) and Lys(16)(BDS)(32) were opsonized, resulting in more prolonged plasma elimination kinetics and increased uptake by the liver. Data obtained at higher doses suggested some evidence of nonlinear pharmacokinetics. Lys(8)(BS)(16) had reduced affinity for plasma proteins and was cleared more rapidly than the larger Lys(16)(BS)(32) or Lys(16)(BDS)(32) dendrimers. Lys(8)(BS)(16) and Lys(16)(BS)(32) were metabolized in vivo, resulting in the production of a low molecular weight species (possibly the cleavage product Lys(BS) (2)) that was extensively renally eliminated and accounted for almost all of the radioactivity recovered in urine ( approximately 20-45 of administered (3)H). In contrast, only 3-5 of the administered (3)H was recovered in the urine of rats administered Lys(16)(BDS)(32), suggesting increased resistance to in vivo degradation. The plasma clearance, distribution, and metabolic profiles of lysine dendrimers are therefore significantly influenced by the structure and charge of the capping groups. In particular, larger arylsulfonate-capped lysine dendrimers are rapidly opsonized and initially cleared from the plasma by the reticuloendothelial organs. The degree of metabolism is subsequently dictated by the nature of the surface capping group with BDS surfaces seemingly more resistant to breakdown. In contrast, smaller arylsulfonate-capped dendrimers are less readily opsonized and phagocytozed but are metabolically labile, and succinate-capped dendrimers are rapidly eliminated by the kidneys
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)949 - 961
Number of pages13
JournalMolecular Pharmaceutics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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