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Galactosyl prodrug of ketorolac: synthesis, stability, and pharmacological and pharmacokinetic evaluations

Curcio, Annalisa and Sasso, Oscar and Melisi, Daniela and Nieddu, Maria and La Rana, Giovanna and Russo, Roberto Cosimo and Gavini, Elisabetta and Boatto, Gianpiero and Abignente, Enrico and Calignano, Antonio and Rimoli, Maria Grazia (2009) Galactosyl prodrug of ketorolac: synthesis, stability, and pharmacological and pharmacokinetic evaluations. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Vol. 52 (12), p. 3794-3800. eISSN 1520-4804. Article.

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DOI: 10.1021/jm900051r


Although ketorolac is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs, its use has been strongly limited owing to the high incidence of adverse effects reported, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract. Using the prodrug approach, which allows the reduction of toxicological features of the parent drug without altering its pharmacological properties, we synthesized an orally administrable prodrug of ketorolac by means of its reversible conjugation to d-galactose (ketogal). In a single dose study, its pharmacokinetic profile was compared with that of ketorolac. Moreover, we found that this prodrug was able to maintain the anti-inflammatory and the analgesic activity of the drug without giving rise to gastric ulcer formation. Thus, these results indicate that ketogal is a highly effective and valid therapeutic alternative to ketorolac itself.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:4448
Uncontrolled Keywords:Analgesics, anti-inflammatory agents, dose-response relationship, galactose, hydrogen-ion concentration, edema, ketorolac, prodrugs, stomach ulcer
Subjects:Area 03 - Scienze chimiche > CHIM/09 Farmaceutico tecnologico applicativo
Area 03 - Scienze chimiche > CHIM/08 Chimica farmaceutica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Farmaco, chimico, tossicologico
001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze del farmaco
Publisher:American Chemical Society
Deposited On:31 Aug 2010 17:48

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