alexa Metabolic Disposition of [Women 14 C] Ulipristal Acetate in Healthy Premenopausal
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Journal of Bioequivalence & Bioavailability
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Research Article

Metabolic Disposition of [Women 14 C] Ulipristal Acetate in Healthy Premenopausal

Oliver Pohl1*, John Kendrick2 and Jean-Pierre Gotteland3

1NCD & Phase I Project Director, Product Development and Manufacturing, PregLem SA, Chemin du Pré-Fleuri 3, CH-1228 Plan-les-Ouates Geneva Switzerland

2Study Director, Covance Laboratories Ltd Otley Road, Harrogate North Yorkshire, HG3 1PY, England

3Chief Development Officer, Product Development and Manufacturing, PregLem SA

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Oliver POHL
NCD & Phase I Project Director
Product Development and Manufacturing
PregLem SA, Chemin du Pré-Fleuri 3
CH-1228 Plan-les-Ouates Geneva Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 88 40 371 Fax: +41 22 88 40 349
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: May 23, 2013; Accepted Date: June 05, 2013; Published Date: June 12, 2013

Citation: Pohl O, Kendrick J, Gotteland JP (2013) Metabolic Disposition of [14C] Ulipristal Acetate in Healthy Premenopausal Women. J Bioequiv Availab 5:177-184. doi: 10.4172/jbb.1000155

Copyright: © 2013 Pohl O, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Introduction: Ulipristal acetate (UPA) is a novel selective progesterone receptor modulator for the treatment of benign gynaecological conditions such as uterine myoma. The disposition of [ 14 C] UPA was determined in five healthy premenopausal women after administration of a single oral dose of 20 mg (59 μCi). Materials and Methods: The single dose study allocated 5 healthy women of reproductive age to receive a single radio labelled dose of 20 mg (59 μCi) UPA. After dosing, blood, plasma, urine and faecal samples were collected for up to 11 days and analysed for concentrations of radioactivity. UPA metabolite profiles in plasma were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography with radioactivity flow detection; metabolite structures were confirmed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Results: UPA was rapidly absorbed, exhibiting a mean peak plasma concentration of 141 ng/mL at 0.7 hours post-dose. Plasma radioactivity maxima were observed 0.9 hours post-dose at 281ng equivalents/mL. The total mean recovery of the radioactive dose in excreta was 78.8%, with the majority recovered in faeces (72.5%) and only a small fraction (6.4%) in urine. UPA was extensively metabolised. Radio-chromatograms of plasma revealed that oxidative demethylation was the major metabolic pathway, most likely via cytochrome P450 isoenzyme3A4. At peak plasma radioactivity, the majority of circulating radioactivity was constituted by parent (58.0%), N-monodemethylated UPA (PGL4002 (20.5%)) and N-didemethylated UPA (PGL4004) eluting together with PGL4002+2H (8.3%). Unchanged UPA was not present in faeces, but PGL4002, hydroxylated PGL4004 and UPA +2H, UPA +2O -2H, as well as acetylated or glucuronidated UPA were identified. Conclusion: After oral administration in healthy premenopausal women, UPA was rapidly absorbed, extensively metabolized via oxidative demethylation, and excreted predominantly in faeces.


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