The Influence of Different Disease States on Rituximab Pharmacokinetics

Author(s): Xiaoxing Wang, Wenwen Du, Xianglin Zhang*, Pengmei Li*

Journal Name: Current Drug Metabolism

Volume 21 , Issue 12 , 2020

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Background: The anti-CD20 antibody rituximab, which promotes the selective depletion of CD20 positive B cells, was the first targeted therapy that was approved for the treatment of B-cell malignancies, and it is now widely prescribed in both malignant and non-malignant, immune-related diseases. However, the cause of its various clinical responses in certain diseases, have not been clearly elucidated. The variabilities in inter-individual pharmacokinetic and the emerging evidence of the relationships between pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic may provide a better understanding of this drug.

Methods: We searched and summarized the latest published articles on rituximab pharmacokinetic profiles and the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic models in different patient populations, including B-cell malignancies, rheumatoid arthritis, ANCA-associated vasculitis, and glomerular kidney diseases.

Results: Most pharmacokinetic data are drawn from clinical studies in oncology clinical practice. Body weight, gender, and antigen-related factors are proven to be the key factors affecting rituximab pharmacokinetics. In addition, the positive exposure-response relations were reported, which provide encouraging evidence for individualized therapies. While in immune disorders, especially in the off-labeled indications, pharmacokinetic studies are quite limited. Compared with that in B-cell malignancies, the differences in the pharmacokinetic parameters may be attributed to the different pathogeneses of diseases, mechanisms of action and dosing strategies. However, the correlation between drug exposure and clinical outcomes remains unclear.

Conclusion: Here, we provide an overview of the complexities associated with rituximab pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in different diseases. Although many influencing factors need to be verified in future studies, a better understanding of the relationships between pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic may assist in optimizing rituximab clinical practice.

Keywords: Rituximab, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, B-cell malignancies, autoimmune diseases, monoclonal antibody.

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Year: 2020
Published on: 30 December, 2020
Page: [938 - 946]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/1389200221666200719004035
Price: $65

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